All Terrain Wheelchair Carriages arrive at CALVERT TRUST Exmoor
Calvert Trust Exmoor were delighted to take delivery of four NOMAD wheelchair carriages from Adventure Mobility recently.
Thanks to a generous donation from The Aubrey Orchard-Lisle Charitable Trust (Charity no. 1151335), the centre was able to purchase four carriages, and plans to keep two at the centre, and two at nearby Saunton Beach.
The two designs are: the NOMAD Tundra (pictured right), which is designed for standard wheelchairs and is suitable for users with good core body strength, and the NOMAD Desert (pictured left), which is ideal for bespoke and non-standard wheelchairs as it loads with its own on board ramps.
Jon Cawley, Activities Manager for Calvert Trust Exmoor, said, “These NOMAD carriages are a fantastic addition to our fleet, allowing guests who are wheelchair users to stay in their chair but go places that their chair would not normally be able to go! The team is looking forward to pushing new boundaries with these carriages in the coming months, as we explore their capabilities further.”
Adventure Mobility was started in June 2014 by father and son Phil and Rod Pugh, as a means of providing a better quality for their family member Tom, and others like him. Tom is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy. He relies entirely on his wheelchair and on more than one occasion has been restricted because of its physical limitations.
BBC Radio 4 Appeal
On Sunday 18 September at 7.55am, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast an appeal on behalf of the three Calvert Trust Centres in Exmoor, Northumberland and The Lake District. The appeal is being made by Frank Gardner, and features the story of Calvert Trust guest Scott, and his mum Claire.
As well as being BBC Security Correspondent and a bestselling author, Frank Gardner (pictured) is also a former guest at Calvert Trust Exmoor, having stayed at the centre in 2007 as part of his recovery programme. Frank became a wheelchair user in 2004, after being shot six times at close range whilst reporting in Saudi Arabia.
Scott, whose story you hear in the appeal, loved learning to cook over an open fire; his mum Claire said “it felt very safe there. We are both more positive, with lots of ideas to try, and a changed approach to life.”
The appeal will be repeated on Radio 4 on Sunday 18 September at 9.26pm, and again on Thursday 22 September 2016 at 3:27pm, and will also be available to listen to again online after the first broadcast, via www.calvert-trust.org.uk/R4