TGA Mobility, the UK’s leading mobility scooter specialist with an Independent Living showroom in Sudbury, has donated a new wheelchair to help a well recognised vulnerable and disabled man who has been homeless locally for over twenty years.
TGA has a close relationship with the local constabulary as the Police support the many scooter safe driving days held at the company’s headquarters on Woodhall Business Park. Rachel Elding, Retail Development Manager, is responsible for the TGA mobility showroom which provides the largest range of quality scooters, wheelchairs, rise and recliner chairs, adjustable beds and independent living aids anywhere in East Anglia. She was recently approached by Police Community Support Officer, Jamie Fudge, regarding the possible donation of a wheelchair to assist a local vulnerable male who lives in Sudbury. As TGA is a regularly supporter of local charities and good causes Rachel was delighted to help.
Commonly seen propelling himself backwards, this disabled and homeless individual had kept on the move until recently when his dilapidated wheelchair finally fell apart. This resulted in him becoming immobile and without funds to buy a replacement, the Police decided to put a call out for assistance. 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….
Brian English, 74 from Turvey in Bedfordshire who lives with Parkinson’s, entered the TGA competition at this year’s Mobility Roadshow and has subsequently won a new ergonomic StrongBack wheelchair
Brian visited The Mobility Roadshow at Silverstone
during May primarily seeking the latest adaptive products and accessible vehicles to assist his 45-year-old daughter who has Motor Neurone Disease
. The English family were able to try, see and compare a wide range of products including award-winning mobility scooters from TGA. The TGA scooter range is regarded as one of the finest and comprehensive in the UK and this mobility specialist also provides quality wheelchairs
and wheelchair powerpacks
. TGA offered event visitors the chance to enter a free prize draw to win a StrongBack wheelchair ” a pioneering new design with arched backrest that has just been launched in the UK. Brian decided to enter the competition and won.
Brian said: ‘I am delighted to have won my new TGA StrongBack wheelchair. It was a lovely surprise and when I am feeling a bit better it will really help us continue walking our dog Saffron. My wife Sheila and I had gone to the Roadshow to look at the latest wheelchair accessible cars and nothing more in particular. However, meeting TGA was a bonus as I got to see their quality scooters and enter the competition. Following receipt of my winning news, TGA were prompt in delivering my prize and I have already enjoyed sitting in it in the garden, it is very comfortable. It will really help with my recovery from a recent fall and I hope to be back out in the countryside with my family as soon as possible.’
The new lightweight StrongBack wheelchair from TGA folds for easy storage at home or in a car boot. It encompasses a new arched backrest so healthy posture is promoted through effective lumbar support. With improved posture, regular or permanent wheelchair users can benefit from greater comfort and less back pain.
TGA, a leading UK mobility scooter and product specialist, has been delighted to assist a customer with a 21-year-old TGA Wheelchair Powerpack that is still providing assured performance and reliability.
Each model within the TGA Powerpack range comprises of motorized unit and wheel(s) that can be fitted to the underside of a manual attendant controlled wheelchair. The powered propulsion of the Powerpack ensures pushing a wheelchair is strain-free and the risk of back or muscle strain is reduced for carers – especially when negotiating slopes, kerbs or uneven surfaces. The Solo, Duo, Heavy-duty and PLUS models have been enhanced over a period of 25 years and are proudly built in the UK. TGA is renowned for a successful engineering heritage, which is reflected in the quality, reliability and performance of the Powerpack. A Powerpack recently refitted by TGA to a wheelchair is testament to this proven track record – 21-years-old and still functioning as if new.
Miss Samantha Davis, 27 from South East London who lives with Cerebral Palsy, uses a wheelchair and is cared for by her father, Gary Davis. Before owning this Powerpack Gary was responsible for pushing his daughter manually in a wheelchair, which was challenging in their locally hilly area near Crystal Palace. However by chance they...read more
In this video Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager, demonstrates the award-winning Swiss-designed Strongback Wheelchair from TGA – launched at Naidex 2016.
This pioneering design suits the majority of users looking for an attendant-controlled wheelchair with advanced lumbar support. The new StrongBack incorporates an award-winning seating concept that promotes better posture through a curved backrest. This helps to vastly improve comfort for the occupant through extra support and the reduced potential to slouch and slide forward. It can be folded into a compact shape quickly and only weighs a mere 11.3kg so lifting is strain free.
Mobility Networks, the world-leading specialist in access solutions for vehicles, has successfully unveiled its new FlexiStep, FlexiWinch and Flexis Ramp at The Mobility Roadshow (26-28th May, Silverstone Circuit, Northants).
Mobility Networks is a proven global specialist in wheelchair lifts, ramps and other wide-ranging accessibility products for passenger vehicles ranging from buses and coaches through to accessible taxis and domestic WAVs. Established by Mike Simmonds, a highly respected international entrepreneur, this trusted network provides a single source for all the latest accessible transport innovations from around the world. PLS (Passenger Lift Services), a Mobility Networks company, is a market-leading manufacturer of inboard and cassette wheelchair lifts and supported the new ‘Flexi’ product launches by providing product experts throughout the show. Other manufacturers affiliated to Mobility Networks also showcased their innovative products at Silverstone including Italy’s Autolift and RB Systems from Israel. Autolift demonstrated its ultra-slim and lightweight F6 side-access wheelchair lift and RB Systems showcased its cutting-edge adapted secondary driving controls.
The Flexi products launched at The Mobility Roadshow included:
- NEW FlexisRamp – a lightweight aluminum vehicle access ramp that delivers world-class performance, reliability and durability
- NEW FlexiWinch – a reliable and safe powered winch to assist with loading of a wheelchair passenger into a vehicle via a rear access ramp
- NEW FlexiStep – This static, manual or powered step provides a strong and safe platform for easier access into a side or rear van/mini-bus doorway – includes optional LED edge lighting
- FlexiRail – significantly lighter than traditional aluminum systems, this world-class rail flooring solution provides flexible securement of wheelchairs and removable vehicle seating.
The Mobility Roadshow was held at the prestigious Silverstone circuit for the first time in its 33-year history and Mobility Networks was proud to support the event as Gold sponsor. Mike Simmonds firmly believes the show is vital for disabled drivers of all ages so they can achieve independence and lead as full a life as possible. Without the unique test-drive opportunities the Mobility Roadshow provides, many drivers with disabilities would not discover the ideal accessible vehicle for their needs. During the event the Mobility Networks team was delighted to welcome VIP and official show opener Lamin Manneh onto the stand. Lamin is an injured ex-Irish Guard who appeared on the DIY SOS ‘Homes for Veteran’s’ Special and has recently won two bronze medals at the Invictus Games. He demonstrated a keen interest in the various products on display and spent time discussing the wide-ranging access solutions that Mobility Networks provides.
Mike comments: “Mobility Networks supplies to trade customers however I believe that supporting this consumer show is critical for disabled people seeking independence through assisted driving. The Roadshow gives us an invaluable insight into the needs of the end user and a chance to network with international colleagues and other members of the EMG who always visit the show. I am delighted that our multiple Flexi product launch generated high footfall onto our stand and I would like to thank Autolift and RB Systems for jointly exhibiting with us at Silverstone. Invictus Games Athlete Lamin was a real pleasure to met and on behalf of the Mobility Networks team, we wish him well with his continued rehabilitation and training.”
Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO, introducing Mobility Networks’ new FlexiStep to Invictus Games athlete Lamin Manneh
Lauren, 11, from Salisbury in Wiltshire, uses an Etac Cross 5 wheelchair that offers multiple options for improved sitting positions and manoeuvrability.
Lauren, an engaging pre-teen, was diagnosed at 4 months old with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and has a history of epilepsy, currently under control with medication. Lauren happily splits family time between her mum Ann’s house and her dad Kevin’s house that he shares with partner Nicola and her children, Tom and Harry, age 10 and 12. The extended family are extremely supportive of each other and determined to provide ideal care for Lauren’s requirements. When Lauren broke her leg falling from a swing in 2015, Kevin took a month off work and he, Nicola and Ann worked together to provide Lauren with vital support in both homes – including carrying her to upstairs bedrooms and endeavouring to maintain a normal routine for Lauren, which is so important to her.
Following this difficult period, Lauren is now happily 90% recovered and the family aim to keep Lauren as mobile as possible. Although she has a right-sided hemiplegia and wears a calliper to keep her ankle straight, Lauren enjoys walking at home and using the stairs. Lauren attends Exeter House Special School where she uses an R82 Crocodile walker, receives physio on a weekly basis and regular use of the hydro pool.
Lauren requires a specialist wheelchair for longer distances as she has Hypotonia in her trunk, meaning she has low tone. She needs a chair that supports her in an upright seating position, with a 4-point lap belt to keep her hips fixed. Unfortunately, a chair provided by Wheelchair Services, provided inadequate support and caused Lauren to sink into the seat, which in turn has led to rounded shoulders. Lauren also used the fixed footrest plates to push away. The family sought a replacement wheelchair that could provide optimal back support for a growing child and the correct seating position to resolve these issues. Ideally they also needed a wheelchair that could be easily folded and lifted into a car. They were fortunate to meet Etac R82 Product Advisor Sarah Aspinall who was visiting Lauren’s specialist school to demonstrate Etac’s Cross 5 wheelchair.
Sarah Aspinall felt the Cross 5 would provide Lauren with ideal posture positioning to help with the low tone in her trunk. She explains: “Crucially, the shape of the Etac Cross 5‘s back rest can supply Lauren with maximum support through her spine whilst still allowing her free movement in the wheelchair. The unique 3A backrest and seat are adjustable in height, angle and shape and the footrests can be set in different positions. So not only can the wheelchair be made bespoke for Lauren’s current needs, but simple alterations will allow for growth spurts or changing body shape. The Cross 5 can provide Lauren with enhanced balance and stability, meaning she is less likely to slide forwards in the seat.” Read more….