TGA supporting the QEF charity’s Tryb4uFly service at Mobility Roadshow

TGA, the UK’s leading mobility scooter specialist, will be supporting the QEF charity’s Tryb4uFly service for airline passengers with disabilities at the 2017 Mobility Roadshow(Stand C21 and B6. 1-3 June, NAEC, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire).

Tryb4uFly is debuting at the event this year and provides an advice service for disabled air travellers. This service is managed by the charity Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF), and expert representatives will be on hand to provide information about air travel for people with disabilities and their families, and offer practical advice and demonstrations. The event will also provide more information about the cabin assessments that are available at three locations around the UK – QEF Mobility Services based in Carshalton, the Regional Driving Assessment Centre in Birmingham and the William Merritt Disabled Living Centreand Mobility Service, Leeds. Each centre has access to a replica section of aircraft fuselage so travellers can trial and compare accessibility and assistive solutions in a realistic environment.

In conjunction with this, TGA will be showcasing their award-winning range of mobility scooters, wheelchair and powerpacks, which continue to provide assured independence for people across the UK living with restricted mobility. The folding range of TGA Minimo scooters provide maximum transportability as they are compact, lightweight and easy to store. They can be folded single-handedly in seconds and do not require any parts to be dismantled for storage – hence providing hassle-free independence when travelling by car, bus, train or plane. On arrival owners can benefit from use of their own familiar scooter without any compromise to independence. This is why the MinimoMinimo Plus and new Minimo Plus 4 continue to grow in popularity and are ideal for air travel – as will be demonstrated by Tryb4uFly at The Mobility Roadshow. 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 

‘DIY SOS Special’ disabled war veteran appointed as Mobility Roadshow 2016 Event Ambassador

Disabled war veteran and DIY SOS star Lamin Manneh with his wife and youngest daughter.

Disabled war veteran and DIY SOS star Lamin Manneh with his wife and youngest daughter.

Lamin Manneh, 39, from Manchester and star of the DIY SOS ‘Homes for Veterans’ Special has been appointed as Event Ambassador for The Mobility Roadshow at Silverstone Circuit, Northants, 26-28th May.

Lamin will be appearing at The Mobility Roadshow on Day 1 (26th May) and will be available for interviews and photographs. Contact the Roadshow press office for more details.

To date, the DIY SOS Big Build ‘Homes for Veterans’ Special is 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 Manneh, a disabled ex-Guardsman, and his family were grateful recipients of one of the new accessible homes.

The two-part DIY SOS episodes 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 62 new homes for injured military veterans and their families. The Manneh 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. He will be competing in the forthcoming Invictus Games (Orlando, 8-12th May) and is ‘honoured’ to be an Ambassador for the 2016 Mobility Roadshow later in the month. Lamin will be championing the show to all his contacts and will be attending the Roadshow as a VIP.

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.

Lamin comments: “I have always had a massive passion for cars and sport so the chance to attend the Mobility Roadshow and drive around Silverstone is a dream come true. I drive an adapted Qashqai however the opportunity to test drive the latest accessible cars at the Mobility Roadshow promises to be unforgettable. Just before attending the Roadshow I will have competed at Rowing, Archery, Shot put and Discus at the Invictus Games, a 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 event and sharing my Invictus experiences. 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 Roadshow I hope I can help as many people as possible sustain a positive mental attitude.”

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

2016 London Marathon Competitor commits to disability fund-raising for Mobility Choice and Scope

Tom Dixon running for Mobility Choice & Scope

Committed marathon competitor, Tom Dixon, aged 36, is running in the 2016 London Marathon and raising all important funds for disability charities Mobility Choice and Scope.

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. Scope is a charity that focuses on driving change across society – so that disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Tom, who lives in Amersham, South Buckinghamshire, competed in his first London Marathon in 2000, aged 20. At the time he was raising money for breast cancer research following the death of his Grandmother from the disease. The Dublin and Edinburgh Marathons followed in 2002 and 2003 before Tom headed to New York in 2008. He comments, “Running the New York Marathon was an incredible experience – I loved the atmosphere and culture and I met some amazing people. It was also a great way to see the city!”

Since then, Tom has completed the 2010 London Marathon as well as a couple of Ultra Marathons with a distance of over 50kms which he says “were tough, especially the hilly one on Dartmoor!”. In 2008, Tom began using marathon competitions as a way of fund raising for disability charities. He had just begun working for Scope having been inspired to do so by his aunt, previously a Director of Scope in Wales.

Tom elaborates, “Before she retired, my aunt was a tireless disability campaigner who worked in Europe and the UK promoting disability rights. At the age of 33, she had a stroke which left her with impaired movement down her right side. She has been an inspiration to me in many ways and I wanted to work with like-minded people. I have been raising funds for Scope since joining the charity. It’s an incredible cause – changing society’s attitudes towards disabled people makes a huge difference.”

In 2013, Tom joined Mobility Choice as a trustee. He has been able to use his knowledge of disability fundraising to support the charity and The Mobility Roadshow – an annual mobility event for people with disabilities organised by Mobility Choice.

Tom explains, “The Mobility Roadshow is a fantastic event giving people with disabilities the opportunity to try accessible equipment, test drive adapted vehicles and enhance their own independence and mobility requirements. I would love as many people as possible to continue to benefit from this annual event. That’s why I would like to raise as much money as possible when I run the London Marathon in April.”

Tom has trained hard across the winter months with the Chiltern Harriers, competing in club cross country competitions and testing his limits. He is aiming for a personal best time of just under 3 hours in the London Marathon and hoping he can inspire people to support him with donations to Mobility Choice and Scope.

To help Tom Dixon raise funds for Mobility Choice and Scope: https://www.justgiving.com/Thomas-Dixon8

For more information on Mobility Choice and The Mobility Roadshow 2016 (Silverstone, Northants, 26th – 28th May): www.themobilityroadshow.co.uk

For information on Scope: www.scope.org.uk

Leamington Spa’s Gold-Medal Paralympic Boccia player appointed as Mobility Roadshow 2016 Event Ambassador

Mobility Roadshow Ambassador Nigel Murray

Nigel Murray MBE, 51, from Leamington Spa and Paralympian Boccia player, has been appointed as Event Ambassador for The Mobility Roadshow at Silverstone Circuit, Northants, 26-28th May.

Nigel, who has entered four Olympic Games to date, was the first British Boccia player to win a gold medal in 2000. Since then, he has won gold with Team GB in 2008 and individual silver and bronze at the London 2012 Paralympics. Nigel received an MBE from the Queen in 2013. He is currently training and coaching with Team GB as they prepare for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

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-friendly and adapted vehicles around the Silverstone circuit. The popular Get Going Live! show feature will also specifically focus on the needs of young and novice drivers with disabilities. In addition to these product highlights, there will be the opportunity for visitors to try various inclusive sports including Boccia, Disability Tennis, Powerchair Football and Wheelchair Basketball. Hence Paralympian Nigel Murray was the ideal Ambassador to champion The Mobility Roadshow once more.

Nigel will be attending the Roadshow, an event he has been visiting ever since 1991. During his first visit he was introduced to previously unseen vehicle adaptations and conversions that opened his mind up to the possibilities of independent driving. Nigel has been playing Boccia for over 20 years and regularly travels all over the country to train, coach and compete.  As well as using a powered wheelchair, Nigel is able to drive independently thanks to his Volkswagen Caddy adapted by Sirus Automotive. Nigel’s specialist vehicle has ‘push-pull’ hand controls and a push button gear selector. He also has an automated wheelchair locking device that secures him into the driver’s position.

Nigel comments: “Unfortunately for disabled drivers, we cannot go into a dealership and take a test drive of a car we like as they do not have any driving adaptations.  The closest you can get is sitting in the passenger seat while someone else drives, which is not ideal at all. Test drives at the Mobility Roadshow change all that.”

Nigel continues: “I think it is fantastic that The Mobility Roadshow is coming to Silverstone for the first time. Visitors will be able to test drive adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles in a safe environment, which will give them a true representation of the vehicles. Without the Roadshow this opportunity would not exist. I also look forward to meeting lots of visitors keen to try Boccia in the Silverstone Wing – I will be there to offer advice and guidance for anyone keen to get involved with the sport.”

www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk