TGA To Run Mobility Scooter Test Drive Track And Competition At Mobility Roadshow 2017

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

Successful Racing Driver Continues Motorsport Independently With New TGA Minimo Mobility Scooter

Maxine Nicholls, 34 from Buntingford, Hertfordshire, is a successful racing driver with a disability who can continue independently entering motorsport events thanks to a new TGA Minimo mobility scooter.
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4mph maybe a lot slower than she is used to, however without her new folding TGA scooter Maxine would be dependent on others to attend race meets. Maxine lives with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), which is a genetic condition that damages peripheral nerves. This results in difficulties with walking and other co-ordination issues however Maxine continues to be focused and determined and has recently qualified to be a driver instructor.

Outside of work she is the only lady to race in the Toyota MR2 championship and regularly competes against her brother and father. New to racing in 2014, Maxine proudly won the BWRDC (British Women Racing Drivers Club) “Newcomer of the Year Award” in 2015 and now continues to build up her racing reputation. She recently volunteered at The Silverstone Mobility Roadshow as an official event Ambassador and was able to demonstrate to visitors why her white car-boot Minimo scooter is so important.

Maxine says: “CMT affects me on a daily basis read more….

TGA Products Prove Popular At Silverstone Mobility Roadshow 2016

Lamin Manneh on a TGA Breeze S4 mobility scooter

Lamin Manneh on a TGA Breeze S4 mobility scooter

TGA, the UK’s leading mobility scooter and wheelchair specialist, has experienced a rewarding 2016 Mobility Roadshow by showcasing popular new products, running a competition and welcoming Invictus Games Athlete Lamin Manneh on stand H2-54. (Silverstone Circuit, 26-28th May 2016).

With its engineering and motorsport heritage dating back over 30 years, TGA was delighted to showcase its complete scooter, wheelchair and wheelchair powerpack range at Silverstone. TGA debuted its latest folding Maximo mobility scooter, new StrongBack wheelchair, forthcoming re-styled Breeze S4 and unveiled a state-of-the-art powered ‘Whill’ wheelchair which maybe launched later in the year.  These innovations were complemented by the complete award-winning TGA product range, which attracted the attention of Roadshow’s VIP guest and event opener Lamin Manneh.

Lamin is a disabled war hero who was the star of the DIY-SOS ‘Homes for Veteran’s Special’ and has recently won two bronze medals at the Invictus Games in Orlando Florida. The Invictus Games is a Paralympic-style event for injured servicemen and woman ‘” Lamin was proud to ride a TGA Breeze S4 at the show whilst wearing his UK team strip and medals read more…..

Meet Haydn Jenkins – A Get Going Live! 2016 Approved Driving Instructor

Haydn Jenkins ADI Get Going Live 2016I have attended Get Going Live! as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) for the last two years and I’m looking forward to taking part at Silverstone this year when the event takes place alongside The Mobility Roadshow. I think of myself as a Specialist Driving Consultant having taught people with special needs to drive for over twenty years. Based in Shrewsbury, I only teach in automatic vehicles and have adaptations for people with physical disability.

Just after qualifying as an ADI, a work related spinal problem worsened resulting in major surgery. I was left with chronic pain and a weakness on my left-side which affected my mobility and requires me to walk with two Fisher sticks. At some point in the future, I will need to use a wheelchair. I am also Dyslexic. My personal experience has given me an empathy for people with restricted mobility as well as my SEN clients. Most importantly, I find helping people who live with disability learn to drive or return to driving very rewarding.

I currently drive an automatic for which I have secondary controls such as a lollipop grip if I’m having a “bad” day. I have had further adaptations fitted for use with clients such as hand controls, left foot accelerator and parking brake adaptations amongst others. Probably about 60% of my clients have specific physical requirements and vehicle tuition mainly involves rehabilitation and adaptation familiarisation. Another 20% are SEN clients. I find my work very rewarding and know when I get home that I have made a difference, not just to the driver but also to their family and carers. Read more….

TV’s ‘DIY SOS Special’ disabled war veteran Lamin Manneh 
to open 2016 Mobility Roadshow

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Lamin Manneh, inspirational disabled war veteran

Lamin Manneh, inspirational disabled war veteran, Invictus Athlete and star of BBC TV’s DIY SOS ‘Homes for Veterans’ Special, has accepted the invitation to open The Mobility Roadshow at Silverstone Circuit – 10am, 26th May.

Press call: Following the opening Lamin will be available for interviews and photographs during the first day of the show. Contact the Mobility Roadshow press office for timings and more information. 

To date, the DIY SOS Big Build ‘Homes for Veterans’ Special was the most ambitious construction challenge undertaken by the building renovation TV programme. It involved the redevelopment of an entire dilapidated terraced street in Manchester to provide homes for injured servicemen and women. Lamin, a 39-year-old disabled ex-Guardsman and his family were grateful recipients of one of the new accessible homes.

Lamin comments: “I have always had a massive passion for cars and sport so the opportunity to officially open The Mobility Roadshow and drive around Silverstone is a dream come true. I am so honoured to be recognised as a VIP and to be an event Ambassador. Day-to-day living can be tough with physical disability, however keeping your mental health in good order can be harder. By coming to The Mobility Roadshow I hope I can help as many people as possible sustain a positive mental attitude.”

Lamin continues: “Just before attending the Mobility Roadshow I will have competed at Rowing, Archery, Shot put and Discus at the Invictus Games, a high-profile annual Paralympic-style tournament for disabled servicemen and women. Hence I will also be really looking forward to playing the various accessible sports available at the Roadshow and sharing my Invictus experiences.”

The two-part DIY SOS episodes that Lamin appeared in generated significant press coverage as HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Henry of Wales visited the extensive two-week build. BBC production, in association with the charity Walking with the Wounded, aimed to provide 20 new homes for injured military veterans and their families. The Mennah family was a major focus throughout the show with Lamin explaining to the Princes the huge difference a new accessible home would make to him, his wife and five children.

Lamin, originally from Gambia, moved to Britain in 2005 to join the British Army. As Gambia is a Commonwealth country, residents are allowed to join the British Armed Forces and Lamin served in the Irish Guards for five years. On New Year’s Eve 2010, he was severely injured by an exploding IED in Afghanistan resulting in the loss of both legs and one arm. Lamin survived this horrific ordeal and now continues to rebuild his life whilst looking for opportunities to motivate and inspire fellow disabled individuals.

Since 1983, the Mobility Roadshow has been the UK’s leading disabled consumer event that showcases the latest assistive products and services for independent driving and mobility. This remarkable event is organised by the charity Mobility Choice so that the widest choice of accessible vehicles, adapted driving controls and mobility products can be trialled and tested. Being held at the iconic home of the British Grand Prix for the first time this year, the Mobility Roadshow will provide the unique opportunity for disabled drivers and passengers to test-drive the latest wheelchair-accessible and adapted vehicles around the Silverstone circuit.

www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk 

Lodgesons are exhibiting their Wireless Keypad Controls at The Mobility Roadshow, Stand H1-08

MobilityRoadShow_2016_LodgesonsLodgesons wireless keypad controls are designed to provide disabled drivers with the utmost in functionality, comfort and design. Established in 1993, Lodgesons have strived to be the wireless keypad system of choice for both end users & specialist adaptations installers.

LODGESONS ACHIEVE RECORD 91% SHARE OF MOTABILITY WIRELESS KEYPAD CONTROLS MARKET 

In 2015, Lodgesons achieved a record 91% share of the UK Motability Scheme market in their wireless keypad controls category. With a number of foreign imported systems jostling for a share in the UK market, Lodgesons are now not only the sole UK manufacturer for this type of product but also the only manufacturer to achieve a percentage this high in any Motability category.

For end users, the R200 keypads are offered with a choice of ergonomic, soft-touch steering grips; lollipop or steering ball, which are designed for easy, quick-release from the lubricant free clamp fitted to the steering wheel so the car may be driven as normal by another driver. For the specialist installers, Lodgesons have developed their systems using advanced technology which allows for quick and easy installation, with many plug-in solutions available. This teamed with a vast library of language independent installation instructions and same day technical support, is the reason why Lodgesons are the number one choice for both installers & end users alike.

To find out more, visit their website www.lodgesons.co.uk or come and see them at this year’s Mobility Roadshow at stand H1-08.

London Marathon runner fund raises for disability charity Mobility Choice.

 

Ana Simonds for Mobility Roadshow

Ana Simmonds, wife of Mobility Choice trustee Mike Simmonds, is competing in the 2016 London Marathon for the first time and raising vital funds for the charity in the process.

UK charity Mobility Choice was established in 1998 and focuses on advancing independent mobility for people with disabilities and older people. It is responsible for organising the annual Mobility Roadshow and similar events, establishing advice and guidance centres and overseeing specialist driving programmes for disabled and older people.

Ana is relatively new to running and the London Marathon will be the longest distance race she has entered.  Ana competed in her first race two years ago on the spur of the moment, to fund raise for children with autism. Having caught the running bug, she has been training and competing ever since but modestly claims she is “the most unnatural long distance runner you’ll ever see”.

Ana comments, “My first race was a real personal achievement. It was five miles which was a long way for me at the time! However, I was soon hooked and have worked hard over the last two years to improve fitness and the distance I can achieve.”

Ana’s training has not always gone smoothly as she has her own personal battles to overcome. Ana lives with arthritis, asthma and hypermobility which has meant she frequently suffers with injury. Indeed, training for this year’s marathon has left Ana coping with hip pain and tendinitis as well as an unexpected piece of metal falling on her foot.

Despite the setbacks, Ana is focussing on completing the marathon and enjoying the fantastic event atmosphere. She would love to finish the race in under five hours but her main goal is to raise funds for Mobility Choice, a charity she feel passionately about.

Ana explains, “Mobility Choice’s primary function is to organize the popular Mobility Roadshow each year. This free to enter event is the largest of its kind in the UK. It provides accessible driving solutions, unique test drives and hands on mobility options. Any funds I can raise for Mobility Choice will allow this amazing event, for people living with disabilities, to continue to grow from strength to strength as well as supporting all the other important work the charity undertakes”.

To support Ana Simonds visit: https://www.justgiving.com/AnaSimmonds

For more information on Mobility Choice and the 2016 Mobility Roadshow (Silverstone Circuit, Northants. 26-28th May) visit: www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk