Author: Katie Campbell

Heathrow installs 100 new ProMove Slings

Heathrow Airport has recently seen the addition of around 100 ProMove Slings throughout the airport’s terminals, courtesy of OmniServ. The ProMove Sling allows staff to move passengers with reduced mobility with care and ease. Its design allows three or four members of staff to comfortably carry the passenger, without the need to touch them and with a reduced chance of causing injuries like bruising. Marc Buckle, General Manager at OmniServ, said: “The ProMove Sling is a brilliant solution to the challenges of helping PRM passengers in and out of wheelchairs in a restricted space. “Recently, we were able to...

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra add six disabled musicians

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced that they have selected six disabled musicians to be part of their ensemble. The BSO announced the joining of the following musicians to their ensemble, who will be given performance opportunities, professional development and also be paid professional rates: Siobhan Clough (violin/viola), Phillip Howells (percussion), Roger Preston (cello), Kate Risdon (flue), Matthew Scott (clarinet) and Charlotte White (LinnStrument). Dougie Scarfe, chief executive officer of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, said “The BSO is delighted to welcome these incredibly talented musicians to the ensemble. I am extremely proud that the BSO is the first Orchestra in...

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Team England prepare for Commonwealth table tennis success

Words by Colette Carr With the countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games well and truly on, Team England today announced their 11-strong table tennis team, including three para players. The Games that kick off down under in April will see standing para table tennis events included for the first time as part of the competition’s biggest para sport programme yet. Heading to Australia in the hopes of helping Team England better their 2014 second place finish on the TT medal table are three Commonwealth debutants; Ross Wilson, Felicity Pickard, and Kim Daybell. London 2012 bronze medallist Wilson will...

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Motability boss rakes in millions as disabled people lose PIP

An expose by the Daily Mail has revealed that Mike Betts, chief executive of government-backed charitable scheme Motability, has been paid £1.7 million a year in wages – around 11 times more than the Prime Minister earned in 2017. The newspaper also revealed that the company is sitting on a stockpile of £2.4 billion from their annual budgets. The charitable organisation is awarded £2 billion each year by the government, of which an average of £200 million goes unspent. This news comes less than a year after government reforms saw more than 50,000 lose their adapted vehicles, many of...

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Para powerlifter takes on skeleton sport

Skeleton is a terrifying sport to watch – the athlete’s faces are mere inches from the ice as they wiz around frozen tracks at speeds of up to 120kph. It may be terrifying, but it’s nothing Paralympic gold medal winning Powerlifter Micky Yule can’t handle. A double-amputee going from never seeing a Skeleton track to racing the World's Number One. Make sure to see Micky's journey in #Slider this Wednesday at 9pm! — Quest (@QuestTV) February 5, 2018 The 39 year old from Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, will take part in Quest TV’s Slider: Ice Warrior Challenge, which will...

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