Daniel Salter and his employer, TGA Mobility based in Suffolk, have made a second donation to The J’s Hospice in Essex despite his charity cycle ride coming to a dramatic end through a burst tyre.
Keen cyclist and runner, Daniel Salter, is an enthusiastic supporter of The J’s Hospice. The charity supports young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families across Essex, in the comfort of their own homes. He works as a Product Consultant for TGA Mobility based in Sudbury which provides quality and reliable mobility scooters, wheelchairs and powerpacksacross the UK.
Daniel, aged 30 from Sudbury, previously completed The J’s Hospice 2016 Chelmsford Marathon so that his employer would donate a lightweight and ergonomic StrongBack wheelchair to the charity. When he delivered the wheelchair to The J’s office in Great Baddow, he met members of the charity’s healthcare team and a patient, Alice, who inspired him to support The J’s again on the recent ‘Pedal for The J’s’ 80km / 50 mile charity bike ride. Read more…
TGA, the trusted specialist in mobility scooters and wheelchairs, will be unveiling its revolutionary new award-winning WHILL powered wheelchair at The 2017 Mobility Roadshow (NAEC Stoneleigh, 1-3 June 2017, Hall 1, stand B6 and Test Track).
For over 30 years TGA has innovated in the mobility sector and its new WHILL powerchair represents a further reiteration of this renowned heritage. WHILL from TGA is a pioneering electric wheelchair known as a ‘Personal Electric Vehicle’ (PEV) – it is sleek, compact, hi-tech and delivers levels of manoeuvrability never seen before in the UK. Developed in Japan by former Toyota and Nissan engineers, WHILL has been in production for 18 months however it is being introduced to the UK market for the first time by TGA. WHILL is a next generation product that encapsulates a new concept in contemporary independent living.
In addition to trustworthy 4-wheel-drive (4WD) performance WHILL encompasses revolutionary all directional drive and kerb climbing front wheels – a world first for powerchair design. The pioneering drivability and remarkable comfort and stability provided by WHILL can be experienced first-hand on the TGA test track at The Mobility Roadshow.
WHILL is the ideal powerchair for style conscious individuals who are seeking greater independence at home, at work or when travelling. Conventional powered wheelchair design has been replaced by a cutting-edge PEV concept that is streamlined and modern – built with the latest technology and a precision finish.
The all-directional front wheels encompass 24 rollers that rotate sideways when turning WHILL – resulting in lateral movement without the need for a rotating castor. This means WHILL can turn 360 degrees on its own axis – delivering a turning circle of a mere 71cm. These patented 9.8’ wheels also have the ability to climb 3’’ kerbs so urban and city environments are now more accessible than ever.
When users are not benefiting from remarkable manoeuvrability in lifts, shops and offices, WHILL has the capability to power over rougher rural terrain. Traditionally sand and gravel have proven extremely challenging for powered wheelchairs with most products unable to function on these surfaces – WHILL rewrites this convention. With its powerful 4WD drive system and large 12.5’’ rear wheels it can negotiate uneven surfaces and propel users up a 10-degree slope without loss of stability or traction. Read more….
TGA, the proven choice in quality mobility scooters, will be providing a free and fun test drive track at the 2017 Mobility Roadshow so visitors can test drive scooters with the chance of winning a luxurious Fortnum and Mason hamper (NAEC Stoneleigh, 1-3 June 2017, Hall 1, stand B6).
Since 1983, The Mobility Roadshow has been the UK’s largest accessible vehicle test drive and independent living event for consumers with restricted mobility. The 2017 show will bring together an impressive array of mobility product innovations from many leading specialists – including the latest range of mobility scooters from TGA. TGA is a long standing supporter of The Mobility Roadshow and will be exhibiting on two stands at the Stoneleigh event – a showcase of its complete award-winning product range and an impressive test track facility.
All visitors to The Mobility Roadshow will be able to test drive scooters over ramps, around obstacles and complete manoeuvring challenges – perfect for discovering the ideal scooter for individual needs. Every scooter can be tested and compared for driveability, performance and stability; supported by expert guidance from the friendly and knowledgeable TGA representatives on hand throughout the show. Every visitor who attends the track will have access to essential tips and advice regarding safe driving and the chance to enter the TGA free prize draw. Drivers will be marked on their manoeuvring proficiency and their scores will be displayed on a ‘Top Gear’ style leader board. The highest scorers will then be entered into a free prize draw to win the hamper – announced on the last day of the Roadshow. Read more
Daniel Salter, aged 30 from Sudbury, is taking on his second sporting challenge for The J’s Hospice to add a powerpack to the charity’s pioneering new folding wheelchair – donated by TGA Mobility.
Daniel is a keen cyclist and runner and works as a mobility product consultant for TGA, the UK-leading mobility scooter and product specialist based in Suffolk. Last year, he signed up for the 2016 Chelmsford Marathon which is organised by The J’s Hospice. It was his first ever marathon and he was inspired to do something special for the charity, so he asked his employer to donate a lightweight and ergonomic StrongBack wheelchair and TGA kindly agreed.
The J’s Hospice charity improves the lives of young adults (aged 16-40) with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families across Essex, in the comfort of their own homes. When Daniel delivered the wheelchair to The J’s, he was delighted to meet some of the hospice’s nurses, healthcare assistants and a patient. They were so pleased with the wheelchair that he decided to support them again – this time on his bicycle!
The Pedal for The J’s cycle ride starts and finishes at Admiral’s Park in Chelmsford on Sunday 30th April. Cyclists have a choice of three routes through the beautiful Essex countryside – 15, 35 and 50 miles – plus a new 2-mile, off-road Pedal in the Park ride for families with younger children on their bikes, trikes and scooters. Daniel has signed up for the 50 mile / 80 km ride as his latest charitable challenge and asked TGA if they would kindly help him to support The J’s Hospice again.
This time, TGA has agreed to donate a motorized Wheelchair Powerpack to The J’s if Daniel completes the ride. The TGA Solo Powerpack can be fitted to the StrongBack wheelchair that they have donated – this will provide a complete mobility solution that is easier for carers to use. The TGA Powerpack consists of a motorized unit and wheel(s) that help drive an attendant-controlled wheelchair forward so the stresses and strains of pushing are reduced for carers. All four models in the TGA Powerpack range are extremely reliable and ensure tackling slopes, uneven ground and kerbs when pushing a wheelchair is no issue at all. Read more….
Despite living with walking difficulties and severe asthma, Roy Dyer, 47, from Barnstaple, has been able to fulfil his passion for wildlife photography thanks to his new off-road ‘Harley Davidson’ TGA mobility scooter.
Roy lives near Barnstaple in north Devon and is a highly positive individual and takes each day as it comes. He lives with major breathing challenges and regularly experiences severe asthma attacks, exasperated by only having one working lung. This condition resulted in Roy having to reluctantly take early retirement from his career in welding, manufacturing and engineering which he thoroughly enjoyed. As a flexible character with a ‘go getting’ and ‘put his hand to anything’ attitude, living with restricted freedom is unbearable for Roy. To remain independent, he invested in a mobility scooter a few years ago however it did not have the performance or capabilities to tackle the many rural tracks and trails in picturesque Devon. Roy regularly visited Exmoor however with a new desire to fulfil his passion for photography, he was desperate to reach the more remote areas. This has just become possible with ownership of a new rugged TGA Supersport mobility scooter.
The TGA Supersport is like no other mobility scooter, in fact it doesn’t resemble a mobility scooter at all. Looking more like a classic Harley Davidson motorcycle, the black and chrome 3-wheel Supersport is popular with countryside residents and groups such as the Disabled Ramblers as it has proven off-road performance. It incorporates large wheels for superb traction up hills, robust suspension, a powerful motor and outstanding manoeuvrability – enhanced by an impressive battery range of up to 30 miles. These features mean riders can drive in comfort over grass, gravel and rocky uneven surfaces whilst remaining safe and stable. This instils peace of mind in owners so they feel comfortable venturing further afield especially as the Supersport is renowned for assured reliability. Roy is now taking his scooter, with confidence, into the unknown around Exmoor to photograph the most beautiful wildlife and scenery he can find.
Roy explains: “All my life I have wanted to get into photography but never got round to it. However now my condition is life threating at any point, it is important I get the most out of each day. So I’ve stopped smoking and bought myself a decent camera. Add to this my Supersport scooter and I am now able to go out and photograph whatever wildlife I want; I’ve even had one of my pictures published in a local paper. The next subject matter I am focusing on is the night sky so I’m using my scooter to transport kit into the moors to shoot time lapse pictures after dark, you wouldn’t believe the colours you can capture.” Read more….
The latest evolution in pioneering folding mobility scooters from TGA, the new faster 6mph Maximo Plus, will be launched alongside four other new TGA products at Naidex 2017 (Stand A59 and Test Track, 28-30 March 2017).
The 4mph Maximo was launched to great acclaim at Naidex 2015 where it provided the first ever mid-sized scooter that combined a more spacious and enhanced driving experience with remarkable levels of transportability and manoeuvrability. Incorporating the same considered engineering and design of its smaller sister model, the Minimo, the Maximo can be folded in seconds with one hand and requires no parts to be dismantled for storage. Despite its larger size the Maximo is still lightweight and compact enough when folded for hassle-free transportation in the boot of a typical estate car or 4×4. When in use it delivers a smoother ride with greater stability through larger wheels, pneumatic tyres, advanced suspension and a wider chassis – ideal for owners with back issues or postural difficulties. The new Maximo Plus offers all the features of the popular Maximo along with Class 3 status ie. it is compliant for road use with a higher top speed of 6mph, powerful headlights, indicators and a horn.
The 6mph Maximo Plus gives owners enhanced performance and a higher speed for reduced journey times. Personalised comfort is assured through a design that can be adjusted to suit a range of rider heights and weights. The fully adjustable and ergonomic control tiller and armrests, along with the supportive orthopaedic seat, ensure every driver can position their neck, shoulders and arms in a totally relaxed manner. This helps to improve posture and steering control when travelling and maximises safety and enjoyment. Access on and off the Maximo Plus is straightforward as the armrests can be re-positioned for strain-free sideways transfers. This scooter has an impressive user weight capacity of up to 21 stone (133kg), a 12.5-mile (20km) range and an ultra-lightweight, fast-charging lithium battery only weighing 7lbs (3.3kg). Its integrated LED lights ensure independence at night is safer through clearer vision for owners when driving and greater visibility to other road users.
Despite living with the affects of a Stroke and MS, John Yates, 51 from Kegworth in Leicestershire, is reliving his trucking days by riding a robust and funky Vita S mobility scooter from TGA.
John spent 20 years as a long distance lorry driver for the high profile logistics company Eddie Stobart. During his career he always focused on staying fit, never smoked or drank alcohol. He was a keen outward bound adventurer and had scaled Ben Nevis and completed the Three Peaks Challenge before his life changed dramatically in 2012.
He was on a delivery run to Scotland when he was discovered unconscious in his cab – he was rushed to hospital where he was diagnosed with suffering a Stroke. Following this terrible experience John has been left with walking and mobility difficulties so has taken early retirement from the job he loved – exasperated by a recent Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.
Nevertheless, John continues to work on his rehabilitation and has just been able to expand his horizons thanks to a new cutting-edge mobility scooter with off road capabilities – a TGA Vita S. Read more…..