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Visionary device scoops £20,000 award

An innovative device which will improve the quality of life of thousands of people with double vision has received £20,000 after winning a top award. The Beacon Centre and the University of Wolverhampton joined forces to offer the 2017 Beacon Visionary+ Challenge Award. The winner of the award has been announced as the Lens Slip Occluder, which was developed by ... Read More »

Blind Veterans UK announce highest figures for beneficiary recruitment

A record number of 940 new ex-Service men and women with sight loss in the UK are set to receive support from national charity Blind Veterans UK, according to new figures. Since 1915, Blind Veterans UK has supported more than 35,000 veterans to overcome the challenges of sight loss. In the 2016/17 financial year, more veterans than ever before accessed ... Read More »

Edinburgh Children’s Charity Announces Best Year Ever

An Edinburgh charity which supports children and young people in hospital is reporting its most successful year to date – both in terms of fundraising and the amounts it has handed out in grants. The Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF), which supports the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in the capital, has announced it smashed its target for donations ... Read More »

Event advocate appointed Mobility Roadshow Ambassador 2017

Seth Thuita from Wellingborough, an Interior Architect with disabilities, is delighted to have been appointed as an official Ambassador for the 2017 Mobility Roadshow, taking place this year at NAEC Stoneleigh, 1-3 June. Seth, who has a permanent Polio Paralysis condition, is an enthusiastic advocate of this annual consumer event and has been a regular visitor since 2007. As a ... Read More »

Shell Partners with fuelService to Make Refuelling Simple and Easy for the UK’s Disabled Drivers

Shell has joined forces with not for profit organisation fuelService to help drivers with disabilities receive assistance at the majority of its service stations. That’s because filling-up the car is one of the biggest challenges for the UK’s disabled drivers. “Disabled drivers have always struggled to get their cars refuelled,” said Niall El-Assaad, fuelService’s founder. “In the past the options were to use an ... Read More »

Stroke survivor and ultra-marathon competitor confirmed Mobility Roadshow ambassador 2017

Stroke survivor and determined Sahara marathon competitor, Andy Ibbott from Northants, has been appointed Event Ambassador for The Mobility Roadshow 2017, taking place at NAEC Stoneleigh, 1-3 June. In March 2011, Andy experienced a massive Stroke during a routine operation on his neck to remove a tumour from his carotid artery. Aged just 46, the father of two lost movement ... Read More »

New specialist talent agency whose models and actors all have disabilities

What is Zebedee Management? Zebedee Management is a new specialist talent agency whose models and actors all have disabilities – either learning or physical. Representing both children and adults. Their vision is to see people with disabilities fairly and sensitively represented in the media. Zebedee Management is currently working with retailers, advertising agencies and production companies to make this happen. ... Read More »

Glenrothes dementia friendly garden takes shape

A Glenrothes Care Home has seen investment in a dementia friendly garden take shape as they get ready for planting in the spring. Bield’s Finavon Court have worked on their outdoor space to provide a welcoming, relaxing and safe environment for their service users and their families to enjoy free of stress. The fully accessible garden features raised beds and ... Read More »

Lifelong Literature Lover Celebrates 100th Birthday

A World War Two nurse with a passion for poetry has celebrated turning 100 at a Dunfermline retirement housing development. Mary Wright McKean, now a tenant at Bield’s Gillie Court, was born in Edinburgh where she worked as a librarian, civil servant and as a nurse during the war. Her time as a nurse is full of historical memories. Working ... Read More »

Nature loving residents embrace their wild side in Ayr

  Green fingered residents at a care home in Ayr are set to venture out into the great outdoors in search of local wildlife, as plans for the home’s first nature trail get underway. The trail is being created at Bupa’s Claremont Care Home in Whitletts, thanks to Activity Coordinator Katharine Thomson. She is working with her partner Graham Brown ... Read More »

Inspirational Disabled Racing Driver Nicolas Hamilton to open 2017 Mobility Roadshow

The Mobility Roadshow organised by Goose Live Events on behalf of Mobility Choice, is delighted to announce that racing driver Nicolas Hamilton will be opening the 2017 event at 10am, 1 June. (NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire). From the 1-3 June, The Mobility Roadshow incorporating Get Going Live! will provide a unique experience with an atmosphere to match. It is the original ... Read More »

New Stroke Touchpoint cards to help improve stroke rehabilitation

Focus Games Ltd is delighted to launch Stroke Touchpoint Cards, a unique resource designed to support and improve conversations between stroke patients and healthcare professionals. Patients can often feel embarrassed or uncomfortable discussing health or emotional issues following a stroke. Stroke Touchpoint Cards are designed to empower patients by allowing them to see the common issues raised by others affected ... Read More »