Disability equipment engineer designs specialist wheelchair for charity climb

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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.

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“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.

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