Jiraffe – Support for Life

jiraffeEvery position a child adopts has an effect on their development and functional movement, both now and in the future. No-one understands this better than Jiraffe! Part of Jenx Ltd., Jiraffe specialises in sourcing and providing postural care equipment and support for everybody, whether they’re at home, school, rest or play!

Visually Impaired Veteran Hugh Maguire to receive Legion d’Honneur decoration

Visually impaired veteran Hugh Maguire will be decorated tomorrow (Friday 16 October 2015) with France’s highest national order, the Legion d’Honneur, in recognition of service during the liberation of France in 1944.

Mr Maguire, who served in the Royal Ulster Rifles, landed on Sword Beach on 6 June 1944 and would later perform a heroic act of courage as the regiment advanced towards the important strategic city of Caen.

The regiment met heavy resistance advancing towards Caen and Mr Maguire was injured by a shell burst which propelled him 12 feet in the air as they approached the designated sector of Hill 60.

Road to Rio starts for learning disability care provider with athletics event

boy and landyWith the countdown to the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro well underway, people supported by learning disability care provider, CMG, gathered in Surrey to take part in an athletics competition.

The Olympic spirit was very much alive and well as 200 people were in attendance at the CMG Athletics Day at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Sutton. They took part in a wide range of sporting events. As well as the 100m and 200m sprints, people could also join the wheelchair obstacle race, surfing (on a simulator) and even Tai Chai.

British Lung Foundation wins BMA award for COPD Patient Passport

On Monday 7 September the British Lung Foundation (BLF) won first prize in the category ‘information that aids decision making’ for their COPD Patient Passport at the 2015 British Medical Association (BMA) Patient Information Awards. Patient representatives Chris Warburton, who accepted the award, John Hubbold and Colin Failes attended the awards ceremony.


The Scottish Documentary Institute is proud to announce that its latest production Seven Songs For A Long Life will be released UK wide from the 2nd October to support Hospice Care Week (5-11 October) in association with Hospice UK.

The film will have its red-carpet World Premiere on the 2nd October at the 470 seater auditorium in MacRobert Centre in Stirling, Scotland, before screening in cinemas and community venues from Inverness to Brighton.

Discover a world of worry-free motoring at Motability’s FREE Warwickshire event

This summer, disabled motorists and their families can find out all they need to know about the Motability Scheme by heading to the One Big Day event at  Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on Saturday 12 September.

The indoor event will showcase a variety of vehicles available to lease through the Motability Scheme and is a great day out for all the family with a range of activities such as test drives, face painting and the chance to win an iPad mini. One Big Day in Warwickshire is free to attend, including free parking and visitors are also treated to a free cup of tea or coffee when they arrive.

On display:

Young Driver gears up for a visit from the Special Friends Club

22 disabled local teens get behind the wheel of a car on a special driving course

A group of disabled youngsters made some of their dreams come true when they got behind the wheel of a car for the first time at Bristol Cribbs Causeway.

Twenty two youngsters, along with parents, from the Special Friends Club visited Young Driver on 12th August, to give them the chance to try driving in a safe and controlled environment.

Because Young Driver lessons take place on private property it can teach anyone aged 11 and over, including those with disabilities which may mean they will never be able to legally drive on the roads.

Blind Braveheart fundraiser running to raise money for friend’s electric wheelchair and a chance of “Freedom”

Local Gateshead man, Gary Ferguson, (who is certified as legally blind) is selflessly running the Great North Run in order to improve his friend, Graham Dobson’s quality of life.

Gary Ferguson, aged 54 from Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear is calling on local residents to help him raise £40,000 to buy an electric wheelchair and modified VW Caddy in order to help his friend Graham Dobson, who suffers from Spina Bifida.

Gary has set up a page on global fundraising platform GoFundMe and has already managed to raise £1,205 in just over two weeks but would love to be able to increase his donations with the support of the local community.

Project explores how well Europe’s workplaces are adapted for disabled

Coventry University is investigating the challenges disabled employees face in the workplace as part of a Europe-wide project exploring how organisations can embed ergonomics into the design of jobs and facilities. The ERGO WORK initiative has already seen the University’s School of Art and Design work with partners in five EU countries for over a year to explore how improved ergonomic features in a place of work could positively affect people with disabilities and improve equal employment opportunities. A study carried out by Coventry University as part of the project found that out of 520 employees surveyed across companies in Belgium, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and the UK, less than half (49%) believed that their workplace was well adapted to accommodate disabled staff.

Local footballer plays for Team GB in Euro Deaf Football Championships

Ex City College apprentice, Philip Swift, has represented team Great Britain in the European Deaf Football Championship in Hanover, Germany.

Philip, 25, from Highfield, Southampton, swapped his computer monitor for football boots to represent GB in a forward position. The team took home bronze after being knocked out by a 3:2 defeat from title-winners Turkey in the semi-finals. A 2:1 win over Ukraine on June 26 saw the team secure third place.

Nurses warn of “storing up problems for the future” in NHS ahead of Budget

Ahead of next week’s Budget, the RCN is today warning that stealth cuts to funding and short term decision making risk storing up serious problems across the NHS.

The RCN warns that recently announced plans to cut £200 million from the public health budget will have a severe impact not only on these services but on acute care, as patients become sicker from preventable or manageable conditions.

This will increase the burden placed on acute services at a time when the UK is failing to train enough staff and trusts are forced to take on short term staff from overseas. This could have a considerable impact on the NHS’s ability to deliver seven day care.

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the RCN said:


The London Titans, one of the country’s leading wheelchair basketball teams, will be able to help more players experience the sport, thanks to the support of a charity.

Path to Success has chosen the club as its annual cause and is raising money to buy special wheelchairs for the club, which plays in the National Super League and has been the home of several Paralympians, including Ade Adepitan MBE.

The London Titans run six teams at three venues across the capital: The Olympic Park; Stanmore; and Ealing. The Titans feature a number of the sport’s leading names, including Tyler Saunders and Gaz Choudhry, as well as newer names in the GB squad, such as Jim Palmer and Christy Gregan.

Lord Holmes “honoured” to be installed as Deputy Chancellor of BPP University

Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE has been installed as Deputy Chancellor of BPP University.

Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer is a former law student of the University and received the honour last week during the University’s graduation ceremony at the London Guildhall.

Speaking on the power of higher education, nine-time Paralympic gold medallist Lord Holmes said he was “honoured” to be the university’s new Deputy Chancellor.

Study shows non-memory Alzheimer’s symptoms more likely in younger people

New research has shown that people with Alzheimer’s may not always experience memory loss as their first symptom of the disease, with younger people more likely to have problems with judgement, language or visual and spatial awareness than older people.

The study of 7,815 people – one of the largest of its kind to date – suggests a need for greater awareness of the different symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. Led by a researcher at UCL (University College London) and part-funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, the research is published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

Donations from Haven Holidays reaches milestone of £400,000 for national disability charity Motability

National disability charity Motability celebrated a milestone of £400,000 in donations from Haven Holidays at their site in Rockley Park, Poole on Monday. Representatives from Motability and Haven Holidays were also joined by Motability customer David Hawkins, from Lincoln, who travelled to the park in his Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle that he leases on the Motability Scheme.

For every discounted booking made by a Motability Scheme customer, Haven makes a donation to Motability, to support its Charitable Grant Fund, which directly benefits disabled people. Motability and Haven Holidays have been in partnership for more than ten years and their total donation has now reached £400,000.


CallerAlert is a 3 piece doorbell system, it enables the user to be alerted that someone is at their door by sound, vision and vibration. What our product does is once the doorbell is pressed a message reading ‘Please wait’ will appear, this then sends a signal to the chime unit which plays a melody and flashes the user remote then vibrates.

With a simple press of a button on the remote the visitor at the door in then notified that someone is in and on their way with a message that reads ‘I’m on my way’. By pressing the button the user then knows they don’t have to rush to the door, they can get there at their own pace and not worry the visitor is going to leave, which in turn can prevent falls and injury and gives peace of mind.


London Wheelchair Rugby Club Storm has won the BT Wheelchair Rugby National Championships at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park.  The event was the first in a three year partnership between Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) and BT, a long-term supporter of disability sport in the UK, and saw over a thousand spectators turning up to watch the action.