Karma chairs specified to expand ferry company’s mobility fleet

Wheelchair specialist Karma Mobility has supplied 17 pieces of equipment to an Isle of Wight ferry company.

The Robin wheelchairs were brought in to increase Wightlink’s accessibility offering before the busy summer holiday season.

The Robin chair is a robust lightweight model featuring an aluminium frame which has a system of cross braces and linking bars which give the Robin its strength.

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Weighing just 12.2kg (27lbs) when complete and only 8.9kg (19lbs) without the detachable parts, the Robin is one of the lightest crash tested wheelchairs available on the market today.

Available with a ramge of accessories, the Robin is available in seat widths of 16” or 18” and has maximum user weight of 115KG (18 stone) ensuring they are suitable for almost every Wightlink customer requiring assistance to, from or around the ferry.

Wightlink’s head of business development, Sean Millward: “We initially purchased 6 Robins from Hayling Wheelchairs 5 years ago and from day one they have proved to be great value for money.

“Our maintenance manager is very happy with the wheelchairs as there have been very few issues over the years and we have rarely had to contact Hayling Wheelchairs except to order additional models due to their popularity and performance.”

In the intervening years, Wightlink has steadily grown its fleet of Karma wheelchairs and now operates 17 across its six ports.

Millward continued: “Prior to purchasing the Karma wheelchairs, Wightlink had used other models but they would wear easily which would mean we were unable to use them while they were awaiting maintenance.

“But as soon as we took delivery of the first batch of Robins all that stopped.  As we never have any issues with them, they tend to disappear into the background and work seamlessly within our business which is a very positive thing.  People will soon let you know if they are unhappy about something but we only ever receive positive feedback.”

Meanwhile Mark Duffield, Karma Mobility’s general manager, said: “We are delighted to hear about the growing relationship between Wightlink and Hayling Wheelchairs. Every wheelchair within our portfolio is designed to offer the user the best possible levels of comfort and mobility and it is fantastic to hear such positive feedback from both Wightlink staff and their passengers.”

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