Daniel Salter and his employer, TGA Mobility based in Suffolk, have made a second donation to The J’s Hospice

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 scooterswheelchairs 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 Mobility will be unveiling its revolutionary new award-winning WHILL powered wheelchair at The 2017 Mobility Roadshow

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….

Christmas comes early to hospice patients with wheelchair donation from Suffolks TGA Mobility

Sudbury-based runner Daniel Salter and his local employer TGA Mobility, have donated a new StrongBack wheelchair to Colchester’s J’s Hospice for enhanced care of disabled locals this Christmas and beyond.

Js Hospice and Strongback Wheelchair

When Daniel Salter, 30 from Foxearth signed up for The J’s Hospice Chelmsford Marathon in October, he decided that he wanted to do something special for the charity. The J’s Hospice improves the lives of young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families across Essex.  Daniel is a Mobility Consultant for TGA, the UK-leading mobility scooter and product specialist, and so, instead of collecting sponsorship, he asked his employer to donate a new StrongBack wheelchair to the charity.

TGA’s lightweight and ergonomic StrongBack is a pioneering new folding wheelchair design with a contoured backrest for better lumbar support and greater comfort. It helps carers push their clients more easily and without the worry of back strain when lifting it into a car boot so Daniel felt it would be the ideal wheelchair to help the charity to care for its young adult patients. He explained: “Even though the StrongBack was only launched this year it has been hugely popular across the UK as it sets new standards in postural support and healthier sitting.”

TGA kindly agreed with one condition: Daniel had to complete the marathon within 4½ hours. As this was Daniel’s first ever marathon, this was going to be a challenge but, despite stopping during the race to help a young female entrant who was ill, he completed the marathon in an impressive 4 hours 12 minutes.

Daniel recently visited The J’s Hospice office in Great Baddow to present the wheelchair. He met the charity’s CEO Bev Barclay MBE along with some of the charity’s nurses and healthcare assistants plus a patient, Alice Leigh. He said: “I was so proud to hand over the StrongBack wheelchair to the team at The J’s Hospice as they are all fantastic and do an amazing job. They were really appreciative and I was lucky enough to meet Alice, one of the young adults in their care. She tried the StrongBack for the first time and gave us a big smile and agreed that it was really comfortable. I will continue to support The J’s and I’m looking forward to cycling for the charity on the Pedal for The J’s cycle ride next year.” Read more….

MOBILITY ROADSHOW SET TO RETURN IN 2015

Mobility Choice is delighted to announce that the next Mobility Roadshow will be held in 2015. The show will take place from 25–27 June 2015 at Donington Park, making a welcome return to this popular venue.

Mobility Choice is delighted to announce that the next Mobility Roadshow will be held in 2015. The show will take place from 25–27 June 2015 at Donington Park, making a welcome return to this popular venue.

Mobility Choice is delighted to announce that the next Mobility Roadshow will be held in 2015. The show will take place from 25–27 June 2015 at Donington Park, making a welcome return to this popular venue.

Ann Frye, Chair of Mobility Choice, the Charity responsible for the show, commented: “Having taken time out to re-evaluate the event and consult widely with past visitors to the show, exhibitors and other parties, we have been given a clear and overwhelming message that there is a need for the Roadshow to continue. The event will return to its core focus on accessible motoring, whether for drivers or passengers. It will provide the all-important test drive facility on the circuit at Donington Park in adapted standard production cars and wheelchair-accessible models.”

Mobility Choice will be working closely with Donington-based NFE Group Ltd, who has been responsible for delivering the test drive management facility at the Roadshow for many years, to bring the Roadshow back to Donington Park. As always, the show will be attractive to end-user visitors – drivers with disabilities, or passengers in need of accessible vehicle solutions.

Greg Ford, Director of the NFE Group, commented “We are delighted to be working closely with Mobility Choice to bring the Mobility Roadshow back into the 2015 calendar and back to Donington Park. In addition to all the other exciting plans we have following the visitor survey, it will be great for visitors and exhibitors alike to test drive on the historic race circuit once again.”

The show will also incorporate the Get Going Live event for young and novice disabled drivers. In parallel there will be a new focus on opportunities for older drivers to try out products and services that can make driving comfortable and stress-free. As usual, there will also be a range of exhibitors presenting the latest wheelchairs, scooters, and other innovative aids to independent mobility, providing a showcase of the very best in personal mobility solutions.

“It was definitely the right decision to take a break this year, to talk to visitors and exhibitors and to get feedback on the right direction for the show”, said Ann. “We are very excited at the prospect of returning next year, and to maintain the show’s excellent reputation built up over more than 30 years as the premier consumer- focussed mobility event.”

Full details will be published over the coming months on the website at www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk where visitors and exhibitors can register advance interest.

For further information, please contact the NFE Group on: +44(0)1332 810007.

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The Mobility Roadshow
The Mobility Roadshow is the UK’s premier consumer-focused mobility and lifestyle event, showcasing products and services to help maintain independent mobility. The show, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013, is organised by registered charity Mobility Choice.

For 2015 the Mobility Roadshow returns to Donington Park where visitors will have the opportunity to test drive adapted and specialist vehicle conversions on the historic Donington Circuit, as well as try out the very latest innovations in the mobility market.

Mobility Choice
As a registered charity, Mobility Choice delivers the latest mobility advice, news and support to assist disabled individuals with enhanced independence. It was established in 1998 with the primary role of organising The Mobility Roadshow, originally set up by The Department of Transport. It has continued to pioneer inclusion for all through a series of additional programmes and events including the test driving day for provisional disabled drivers, Get Going Live!

Multi-national Mobility Networks launches as new world-leading specialist in accessible vehicle solutions

Under the leadership of international entrepreneur Mike Simmonds, the Mobility Networks Group has been launched in May 2014 to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of global products to the accessible vehicle industry.

Mobility Networks' global headquarters based in Kent, UK

 

The international infrastructure of Mobility Networks is now in place and will be co-ordinated from UK headquarters in Whitstable, Kent. This new business has been established so that bus and coach convertors, body builders, fleet operators and private vehicle owners worldwide, can obtain all the latest international access innovations. The network will continually expand and evolve so that the range of products and support services available from one source, will be unequalled in the market. With one specialist name supplying products on a regional level from the world’s best manufacturers such as API, multiple benefits regarding procurement efficiency and value will be delivered.

Mobility Networks’ new distribution partnership, with the renowned accessible vehicle convertor API based in the Czech Republic, is a significant factor with this new organisation. Mike will be working closely with API’s innovative founder Miroslav Bartos to supply pioneering solutions including the FlexirampTM floor conversions kits. Alongside API products, Mobility Networks has the capacity to provide world-class M1-M3 vehicle access lifts, wheelchair ramps, hatches and door opening systems. These high quality and reliable products will be engineered by carefully selected, proven OEMs such as PLS in the UK, who are now integrated into the Mobility Networks Group.

The inception of Mobility Networks has been formulated by Mike Simmonds. Now CEO of this new multi-national business, Mike is a well-respected and highly successful entrepreneur with extensive experience in the accessible vehicle industry. He established Q’Straint (Europe) and held the position of Managing Director for over 18 years, during which time he orchestrated significant business growth across a global platform. During 2013 Mike acquired majority share of the leading accessible vehicle lift specialist, PLS (Passenger Lift Services) based in Oldbury, UK. This company will now be a key manufacturer within the Mobility Networks organisation with the capacity to provide an extensive range of lifts to the international market. Mike explains: “These are indeed exciting times for the whole accessible vehicle market as Mobility Networks is launched. For the first time convertors and specifiers can obtain the best solutions available on a global scale, all from one trusted supplier.”

Mike continues: “To remain competitive in the accessible vehicle industry, we understand that specifiers require product ‘life value’, proven performance and legislative conformity that meets all the demands of modern day transportation. Therefore Mobility Networks now has the capability to provide a holistic service, from specification to installation, spanning a wide range of precision products. Extensive resources have been invested to consolidate all channels and processes so that an efficient service can be provided to customers on a regional basis. We have product specialists, skilled fitters and expert engineers now operating in several European countries with the view to expanding into additional territories soon. We are delighted to be working with API, as we believe its solutions
clearly demonstrate a true understanding of disabled driver and passenger needs. Combining global knowledge with local understanding is a key strength for our multi-lingual team. Under the banner ‘Vehicle access through innovation’, 2014 and beyond promises to deliver outstanding results for all our Mobility Networks customers.”

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The Mobility Networks Group

Established in 2014 with worldwide headquarters in Kent, UK, Mobility Networks is the leading multi-national specialist in accessible vehicle solutions. It provides a single source for all the latest innovations in vehicle access solutions from across the world. With a portfolio that is continually expanding, its products currently include vehicle access lifts, ramps, hatches, door opening systems and wheelchair accessible vehicle, lowered floor conversion kits.

Mobility Networks combines global expertise with local knowledge to deliver a world-class service. Its multi-lingual team is fully committed to resolving the needs of vehicle specifiers, bus and coach convertors and transport operators. This ensures all aspects of worldwide accessibility, safety and legislative conformity are met now and in the future. Mobility Networks’ pioneering products are synonymous with quality and reliability and are further enhanced by a holistic support programme that provides proven design consultancy, installation and servicing.