REMAP, a group that provides custom-made equipment which is not available commercially to help disabled people live more independent lives, has designed a special wheelchair for a charity.
The adapted wheelchair has been made partly from a recycled BMX bike and features adjustable push bars and front bars for attaching straps and ropes. The wheelchair also has a demountable front wheel and handlebars.
It is hoped the chair will allow Rosie Tween from Back Up, a spinal cord injury charity, climb Mount Summit later this year as she looks to raise £10,000 for the charity.
“Rosie asked me to help the team by customising her wheelchair, which wasn’t in any way suitable for the challenge of being pushed, hauled and lifted up a mountain,” an engineer from REMAP told the Cambridge News.
“For me it was also a real challenge to come up with a customised chair that met Rosie’s needs within a pretty tight time frame, so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to come up with a design that works.
Back Up will race nine other teams to the summit of Snowdon in July. The all female Snowdon Push team have so far raised over £9,000 and are considering pushing their target higher to raise even more.