Mobility Roadshow – it’s all about Mobility and DisabledGo will be there!

With a host of new products being announced, along with hundreds of popular tried and tested classics, the organisers of this year’s event are promising an exciting fresh look to the show.

The Mobility Roadshow returns to the East of England Showground, Peterborough on Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June. Julie Fernandez, the disabled actress and lively campaigner, will declare the event open at 10 am on Thursday. As we do every year, DisabledGo will be at the event and you can find us on stand P6B.

Mobility Roadshow 2012

Other high-profile visitors include former Paralympian and presenter Ade Adepitan, that afternoon and motorsport marshal Steve Tarrant who begins his quest to achieve a 24-hour mobility scooter record at 2pm on the same day. Steve famously survived a near-fatal crash at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2000.

As always at the heart of this popular event is the opportunity to and test drive a wide range of adapted vehicles and specialist conversions, including Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) and drive-from-wheelchair options. You can register for test drives now at www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk Don’t forget your licence on the day.

In Cyclone Technologies’ new Focus on Fitness Zone you can try all the latest kit to keep you fit and healthy, from gentle activity to full cardiovascular workouts and including the latest innovations in functional electrical stimulation technology. Here you will also see in action, the ReWalk ‘bionic’ walking system that famously enabled paraplegic Claire Lomas to walk the Marathon.

The Design Zone proved hugely popular last year and has now become a permanent feature, with support from the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art. This is your chance to meet designers and innovators in the new Café area to have your say and vote on looks and functionality of current and future independent living products.

For those seeking to expand their skills and knowledge, whether for leisure or career, there will be a wealth of course information and advice at the Open University Access Bus and AskJules helps young disabled adults through the transition from living with their families studying at college or sixth form into university.

The Roadshow Meet the Experts sessions return – check out www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk for subjects being covered.

Interactive Crafting is another new feature – taking place on the Saturday. You’ll find out how therapeutic it can be and learn new skills when Julie Fernandez returns to share her passion.

Mobility Roadshow 2012

Celebrating the 2012 London Olympics, visitors of all ages and sporting prowess can take part in a daily programme of mini-tournaments and events at the ‘Mobility Roadshow Olympics’ in the Sports Arena/Activity Zone, hosted by RGK Wheelchairs.

Cruise through the clouds in the Aerobility Flight Simulator, back by popular demand; get wheeling with Cyclefest all-ability cycling; test your reaction time on the roads at Autoadapt’s Driver Test Station rigs, and young disabled visitors can hone their wheelchair skills with Whizz Kidz.

As always the Mobility Roadshow is a lively interactive event for disabled people of all ages, so be prepared for a busy day exploring, vehicles, adaptations and conversions, motoring accessories, scooters and bikes, products for the home and children, clothing, gadgets and gizmos. Plus charities, information services, and organisations offering advice and products that include insurance, accessible holidays and accommodation, fitness and therapies.

Register for your free tickets now at www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk or call 0845 241 0390 and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Mobility Roadshow – Your last chance to plan your visit!

The hugely popular annual Mobility Roadshow returns to the East of England Showground at Peterborough over three days – 30th June, 1st and 2nd July.

Since 1983 it has led the way in offering visitors the opportunity to try out and compare, on one site, hundreds of accessible driving and mobility products and services and gain expert advice. Visitors attending for the first time find the show an ‘eye-opener’ on a new world of possibilities.

As well as its classic offerings – adapted vehicles, motoring accessories, scooters and bikes, gadgets and gizmos – this year’s show promises some exciting new features, including a Design Zone, photographic competition and expanded Cyclefest and Sports Arena.

As well as new vehicle conversions and adaptations, innovations being unveiled include what is thought to be the first powerchair that does not need a converted vehicle to transport it; new vehicle conversions, an all-terrain adventure bike and the world’s first Functional Electrical Stimulation step and stand therapy system. Also returning to the UK especially for this event is the amazing ReWalk™ ‘bionic’ walking system that allows paraplegics to walk and even climb stairs.

You can test drive vehicles for your own preference at the wheel, as well as the comfort and safety of your passengers. You will be able to discuss with experts the latest conversions, including new innovations in wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs). This year sees the launch of a new dedicated WAV’s test drive hall. Accessories such as swivel seats, ramps, docking and constraint systems are always a major feature and can make an enormous difference to comfortable passenger rides.

Meet VIP Guests

The show will be officially opened at 10.00 am on the first day by Derek Derenalagi, one of the British soldiers who provided inspiration for the birth of the charity Help for Heroes, with the Minden Band of The Queen’s Regiment providing entertainment. Derek lost both his legs in action and now with his bionic legs is aiming for a place in the GB Paralympics squad.

On Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July, meet another war veteran, Simon Angel MBE, fresh from completion of his epic ‘Rally for Remembrance’ fundraiser from John O’Groats to Land’s End on a TGA Mobility Scooter for Help for Heroes and the British Legion.

Actors Julie Fernandez (The Office) and David Proud (Eastenders) will be at the Roadshow on Saturday 2nd July, National Young Disabled Persons’ Day. David will announce the winners of the national Ready Willing & Mobile competition for schools and clubs to come up with bright ideas to help disabled people. He and Julie will also take part in the Meet the Experts programme, where they will talk about their acting experiences.

On Saturday afternoon TV presenter and Desperados and Dancing on Wheels star, Ade Adepitan, will make a special guest appearance on the Invacare stand.

The popular Cyclefest is expanding with a wide range of options from tiny trikes to companion and wheelchair cycling for all ages and Go Kids Go! is hosting daily wheelchair skills sessions tailored to the needs of disabled children.

In the new Design Zone designers, innovators and Roadshow visitors can exchange ideas about looks and functionality of current and future concepts for independent living products and leave comments on the new ‘cool wall’ – what’s hot and what’s not. If you have a product idea you can get advice from experts.

In the Sports Arena you can play football with the England Wheelchair Football Team on the Saturday, and on all days try basketball, tag rugby, dancing and sledge hockey; plus the accessible climbing wall, archery, laser clays, remote-control cars, a giant Scalextric, Nintendo Wii, and simulated flying and golf. The Red Wheelies Scooter Formation team is performing on the Saturday.

A new national photographic competition in partnership with the Disabled Photographers’ Society will be launched. Pick up an entry form, gain hints and tips on achieving great pictures and get behind the camera in a mini studio.

Plan Now!

A show of this size can be daunting; where to start? To help make the most of your day Mobility Choice has introduced a new virtual personal shopper service: just email shopper@mobilityroadshow.co.uk with details of what you hope to see at the show – ie lightweight scooters, hoists, vehicle adaptations, home and leisure products etc – and the Roadshow team will reply with details of relevant exhibitors.

And while you are there … Why not visit the DisabledGo team! You can find them in the information village on stand P12.

Register now for free tickets and test drives at www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk email info@mobilityroadshow.co.uk or telephone 0845 241 0390.