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Help give Rachel her independence back

We were recently contacted by one of our readers Rachel Mitton. Rachel Mitton has several progressive and debilitating illnesses (extremely severe fybromyalgia, arthritis, ptsd, chronic pain & fatigue) that have led to her being a wheelchair user for the past decade. In the early hours of Friday morning, a Silver Mercedes Sprinter was stolen in Wisbech. This wheelchair adapted vehicle ... Read More »

Selby garden created by blind and partially sighted residents celebrates its official opening

A summer garden party marked the official opening of garden set up by blind and partially sighted people in Selby on Sunday 11 September 2016. The Optimeyes Garden was created by Selby District Vision (SDV), with the help of RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) and a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. Members of SDV designed the garden ... Read More »

Blue Badge Style Awards supported by Design, Architecture & Mixology

Ceremony & Cocktail Party on 5 October at Lutyens The third annual Blue Badge Style Awards announce the judges, key sponsors, venue and mixologist supporting the event. The Awards recognise the effort that stylish hotels, restaurants and bars have made to attract guests with disabilities. Judges Tina Norden, Project Director at Conran and Partners Christos Passas, Design Director, ZHA (Architects) Alex Taylor, Freelance ... Read More »

Motivation launch impact report

International disability charity Motivation publishes latest Impact Report in its 25th year Motivation’s work helps to reach over 80,000 people across more than 60 countries last year Motivation collaborates with Google.org to explore how 3D printing can revolutionise mobility solutions for disabled people living in developing countries Charity successfully lobbies Kenyan government to adopt the WHO Guidelines for wheelchair provision ... Read More »

Twins’ different journeys end up bringing them back together

A set of twins who have had very different lives have been brought back closely together – thanks to an Essex social care provider. Although the lives of Pav Hughes and her brother, Jags Kalsi, are worlds apart, they both have one thing in common – Outlook Care. Outlook Care provides support and care to people with a learning disability, ... Read More »

Blackwood West Services Is A Five Star Success

A housing support service has been heavily praised by the Care Inspectorate after it received a five star review for its services. The Inspection Report for Blackwood’s West Support Services revealed five star grades in the “staffing”, “care and support” and “maintaining the same grades from the previous inspection” categories. Customers, in particular, reported high levels of satisfaction, praising the ... Read More »

Simple Stuff works supports St Giles Hospice

As part of its ongoing support for St Giles Hospice in Lichfield, the team at Tamworth based Simple Stuff Works recently spent a day volunteering to help the staff and residents. “St Giles Hospice is a fantastic organisation staffed by some truly amazing people.  Several members of staff here at Simple Stuff Works have experienced the outstanding work they do first ... Read More »

Ottobock extends partnership with IPC until the end of 2020

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Ottobock have extended their worldwide partnership until the end of 2020. An international partner since 2005 and the longest serving partner to the Paralympic Games, Ottobock has provided technical services for equipment used by Paralympians since the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, where the company’s ‘Passion for Paralympics’ was born. Today Ottobock’s Sportsline provides the equipment for Para athletes ... Read More »

Independent Paralympic Athlete team makes history in Rio thanks to the support of Allianz

Syrian refugee Ibrahim Al Hussein has described 2016 as the best year of his life and said the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games were a big part of that. Al Hussein, who had part of his leg blown off in a rocket attack when he went to the aid of a friend during the civil war in his home country, was ... Read More »

ParalympicsGB to return from Rio 2016 with third highest medal haul in British Paralympic history

ParalympicsGB will return from Rio with 64 gold medals – the most gold medals and indeed most medals of any British Paralympic team since Seoul 1988 – and won 12% of all gold medals awarded at the Games, which is the best performance since Tel Aviv in 1968. A series of exceptional performances ensured ParalympicsGB comfortably passed the 121 medal ... Read More »

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games brought to a close with tribute to Iranian cyclist

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games were brought to a close inside a packed Maracana Stadium on Sunday evening. Singers, dancers and fireworks lit up the iconic stadium before tributes were paid to Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died on Saturday.   Britain finished the Games with 147 medals, 64 of which were gold. They were second behind China, who claimed ... Read More »

Kadeena Cox flys the flag for ParalympicsGB as record-breaking Games come to a close

Golden girl Kadeena Cox, crowned Paralympic Champion in both athletics and cycling on her Paralympic debut, was chosen as flagbearer for Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony. As flagbearer Cox represented one of the most successful British Paralympic teams in history. The team has achieved the most gold medals by a British team since 1988, surpassing there medal ... Read More »