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Specially-designed wheelchair helps triathlon challenge become family affair

Specially-designed wheelchair helps triathlon challenge become family affair

Last week saw a father and daughter duo race to success in the Manchester Half Marathon, thanks to a specially-designed wheelchair. 

Ottobock ambassadors Stephan Couture and his daughter Chloe are no strangers to the sporting circuit, having taken part in more than 25 competitions this year alone. 

Back in September, Stephan and Chloe became the first disabled team to take part in the Hever Castle Triathlon. They joined 6,000 other competitors at the iconic Kent castle for the final event of the year in the Castle Triathlon Series, the third largest triathlon event in the UK.

Croyde Deckchair Cinema supports Calvert Trust Exmoor

My Feral Heart

On the 11th of November 2017 Croyde’s “almost famous” Deckchair Cinema will be hosting a special screening of the award winning film ‘My Feral Heart’, with all proceeds from the screening going to Calvert Trust Exmoor.
 
‘My Feral Heart’ has won multiple awards, including ‘Best Actor’ (for Steve Brandon) at the National Film Awards, and ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best Original Screenplay’ at the IARA Awards. It’s a poignant and inspiring story, beautifully told by director Jane Gull and producer James Rumsey, and staring BIFA nominee Steve Brandon as ‘Luke’.
 

Scotland’s Wheelchair Rugby League Captain’s Inspirational Story

Wheelchair Rugby League

Scotland’s Wheelchair Rugby League captain has urged people with disabilities to realise the positive impact sport can have on their lives.

 

Graeme Stewart told a special sporting themed AGM of specialist housing and care provider Blackwood how sport helped him overcome challenges associated with his injury.

 

Graeme, from Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, was just 16 years of age, and two days away from joining the RAF, when a tragic accident left him paralysed in the legs.

 

The 50-year-old is now not only the proud captain of his country at rugby league, he has also beencox of a rowing team, regularly plays basketball and has climbed Ben Nevis.

 

New NHS Wheelchair Service for Milton Keynes

Wheelchair Service

AJM Healthcare has opened a brand new integrated wheelchair service for NHS patients in Milton Keynes. 

The new service will deliver a safe, effective, responsive and integrated service to meet the needs of Service Users, their families and carers and available to residents registered with a GP within the Milton Keynes CCG area.

Patients referred to the service receive a full holistic assessment by occupational therapists and rehabilitation engineers through close working with health and social care professionals where required. Specialist services such as postural seating solutions are available for complex cases. Urgent care pathways and flexible and proactive services for those children and adults with rapidly deteriorating conditions

Rural Business Awards Success for Accessibility Mark Centres

Pat Bishop and Martin Lawrence

Two Accessibility Mark accredited riding centres have received recognition at the Rural Business Awards (RBAs) 2017.

Divoky Riding School based in Somerset was judged the winner in the Best Rural Sporting Business category, with Radway Riding School based in Warwickshire crowned runner-up.

Pat Bishop from Divoky Riding School was presented with the prestigious award at a glittering awards ceremony held at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey that was compered by Jules Hudson of BBC Escape to the Country fame.

The only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses, the awards are now in their third year and are run in partnership with the Country Land and Business Association and Amazon.

Mobility Roadshow to close after 34 years

Mobility Roadshow

The Mobility Roadshow, which has been providing opportunities for disabled and older people to find out about driving and other mobility options since 1983, is to close.

The decision has been taken by the Board of the Charity, Mobility Choice, which has run the event since 1998, in the light of falling exhibitor numbers over recent years. In particular, the growth of the Motability One Big Day and other events, which many of the Mobility Roadshow exhibitors can attend free of charge, has had a significant impact on the viability of the Mobility Roadshow.

CALA Strengthens Ties with Neigh-bours with £20,000 Charity Donation

CALA

- Developer urges other businesses to follow and “do the right thing”-

A HOUSEBUILDER has made a bumper donation to a local horse-riding charity looking to reach a funding target to provide a vital indoor riding arena - and is calling on other businesses to follow suit. 

The volunteer-run Ravelrig Riding for The Disabled Association (Ravelrig RDA) exists to provide life-improving experiences to its riders and now requires close to £200,000 to reach its targets to build an indoor arena in order to provide a safe and covered environment for riding all year round. 

Accessibility Mark Centres riding the wave of success in awards

Accessibility Mark Centres riding the wave of success in awards

Two Accessibility Mark accredited riding centres have received recognition at the Rural Business Awards (RBAs) 2017.

Divoky Riding School based in Somerset was judged the winner in the Best Rural Sporting Business category, with Radway Riding School based in Warwickshire crowned runner-up.

Pat Bishop from Divoky Riding School was presented with the prestigious award at a glittering awards ceremony held at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey that was compered by Jules Hudson of BBC Escape to the Country fame.

Inspirational sportsman highlights transformational impact of sport for people with disabilities

Inspirational sportsman highlights transformational impact of sport for people with disabilities

Scotland’s Wheelchair Rugby League captain has urged people with disabilities to realise the positive impact sport can have on their lives.

Graeme Stewart told a special sporting themed AGM of specialist housing and care provider Blackwood how sport helped him overcome challenges associated with his injury.

Graeme, from Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, was just 16 years of age, and two days away from joining the RAF, when a tragic accident left him paralysed in the legs.

The 50-year-old is now not only the proud captain of his country at rugby league, he has also been cox of a rowing team, regularly plays basketball and has climbed Ben Nevis.

St Margaret's Hospice extends bereavement support service

St Margaret’s Hospice has extended its bereavement counselling services, more than doubling the number of individuals being supported following the death of a close family member.
 
Over the last three years the Hospice has grown its team from a single practitioner to three dedicated roles to be able to deliver this critical service.
 
St Margaret’s Clinical Director, Joy Milliken said: “Care of a family doesn’t stop when a loved one dies. We can offer ongoing professional support and counselling which can play a vital part in the bereavement process, helping someone come to terms with such a life changing event.”
 

Ayrshire Powerchair Football Team Show Their Skills

Ayrshire Powerchair Football Team Show Their Skills

Players from a powerchair football team have praised one of Scotland’s leading charities for helping to showcase the sport to new audiences.
 
The South Ayrshire Tigers thrilled a large audience by demonstrating their talents at Blackwood’s sporting-themed AGM, which aimed to encourage its customers to get more involved in sport and try new activities.
 
The team, which comprises members, Annmarie Robertson, Scott Robb, Scott Wood and captain James Doull, hope that their appearance will encourage others to take it up and to generally promote the sport to more people.
 

TGA WHILL Ambassador Lamin triumphs with four medal haul at 2017 Invictus Games

Invictus Games

Lamin Manneh, 40, from Manchester, disabled Army veteran and WHILL Powerchair Ambassador for TGA, has returned from the Invictus Games with four winning medals.

Lamin’s final results: 

Men’s IF6 Shotput, Gold (7.53m)

Men’s IF6 Discus, Silver (20.65m)

Sitting Volley Ball, Silver (lost to Georgia in the Final Gold Match, 2-0).

Rowing, Bronze (Achieved 891m in the Men’s IR1 Four-minute endurance final)

Christine’s zest for life sets a shining example

Christine Anstey

She may have turned 70 earlier this year, but Christine Anstey is showing no signs of slowing down, providing a shining example of how a positive approach can lead to a happier life.

 

Christine, who has a moderate learning disability, hearing impairment and a severe spinal condition, lives at Tolworth Park Road in Surbiton, a residential service run by the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth largest provider of residential and supported living care for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.

 

She moved to Tolworth, which provides 24-hour care for up to six adults, in 2002 having previously lived at St Ebba’s Hospital in Epsom.

 

Ayrshire Powerchair Football Team Show Their Skills

Powerchair Football

Players from a powerchair football team have praised one of Scotland’s leading charities for helping to showcase the sport to new audiences.

 

The South Ayrshire Tigers thrilled a large audience by demonstrating their talents at Blackwood’s sporting-themed AGM, which aimed to encourage its customers to get more involved in sport and try new activities.

 

The team, which comprises members, Annmarie Robertson, Scott Robb, Scott Wood and captain James Doull, hope that their appearance will encourage others to take it up and to generally promote the sport to more people.

 

6 Things You Need to Know About Accessibility Mark

horse riding

For some people horse-riding is more than just learning to ride, the activity is also therapy, helping to build strength and balance or improving their communication skills.

The benefits to mental and physical well-being are now much endorsed, with a recent study from the charity Mind, concluding that 80% of people said their mental health improved following exercise. 

Accessibility Mark is helping to provide more opportunities for disabled riders, here we find out 6 things about the scheme that you might not know.

 

6 Things You Need to Know About Accessibility Mark 

 

Easier Access celebration event

Bradford will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Easier Access event next week in City Park  with the support of Sovereign Health Care. 

The event will be held in City Park, Bradford on Tuesday, 3 October from 10.30am until 4pm.  It will raise  awareness of disability issues as well as celebrating the achievements  of  and  positive contributions made by disabled people  within  the district.

Easier Access - People Can is an event for everyone :   It aims to attract carers, voluntary and statutory organisations and their employees, local businesses and the general public.

Building furniture, building independence

Shaun Watts

A passion for building and restoring furniture is helping a man with learning disabilities to build his confidence and independence.

Shaun Watts has built a shoe rack, a table, a stool and a chair so far from reclaimed wood and old pallets, and now wants to build a pair of speaker stands for his bedroom.

The 25-year-old lives in Longden Road, Shrewsbury, a supported living service, which has recently become part of the Regard Group, the country’s fourth largest private provider of care and specialist residential and supported living services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injuries.

Martin Simkin, team leader at Longden Road, said his own work with reclaimed wood sparked Shaun’s interest.

‘Life-saving surfing’ helps military heroes overcome trauma and injury

Military heroes who competed in a world-first adaptive surf championship in North Wales say that surfing has helped them to overcome trauma, mental ill-health and serious physical injuries.
 
Sixteen surfers, all either serving military or veterans who have battled physical or mental injury, competed for the top spots in the Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship last Saturday (23rd September 2017). The free-to-attend one-day tournament took place at inland surf lagoon Surf Snowdonia, seven miles from the sea at Conwy.
 
Winner of the open category, Yianni Karakousis, served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. He suffered horrific injuries in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in April 2013.
 

Bridge College Receives National Lottery Funding From Sport England To Help Get Students Active

Together Trust’s Bridge College has been given £50,000 of National Lottery funding by Sport England to encourage students to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each week.

 

Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. As part of this initiative, Sport England is investing £5 million into projects in colleges that will support their inactive students into regular activity

 

Run by the leading North West charity, Together Trust, the college based in Openshaw, Manchester is non-residential specialist education college for students aged 16 to 25 years with disabilities, complex needs and autism.

 

The William Merritt Centre announce new AccessAbility Exhibition

AccessAbility

The William Merritt Centre are pleased to announce the new name for their annual exhibition is the AccessAbility Exhibition. It will take place on 11th October 2017 at the Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United Football Club between 10.00am and 3.00pm,showcasing new and innovative assistive technology, providing information and advice to enable greater independence for disabled children and adults or those with additional needs.

 

Following a successful exhibition last year, the name has been updated to reflect the impressive array of equipment, adaptations and advice on offer, encouraging people to come along and see what new innovations are available.