Gerald Simonds Healthcare has won praise from a disabled woman who managed to attend her daughter’s wedding thanks to a special all-terrain wheelchair accessory that it supplies.
Lit Smith from Worcestershire has a rare condition called SCA 1, which is an inherited form of cerebellar ataxia – similar to MS – that affects her speech and coordination, resulting in frequent falls.
When Lit’s daughter got married this summer in a marquee in a field which belongs to the family home, she realised that she would need assistance getting her manual wheelchair across the rough terrain.
After researching online, she came across the FreeWheel all-terrain add-on from Gerald Simonds.
“Pushing my wheelchair on grass had always been extremely hard work for myself and whoever was pushing me and just getting to the marquee as the build-up got underway was exhausting. I didn’t want to have to keep asking people to help push me during the wedding so I decided to see what solutions were out there which would help me and my family carers.”
The FreeWheel attaches to the front of a manual wheelchair and lifts the front castors off the ground, therefore turning a standard wheelchair into a sturdy three-wheeler which can tackle almost any type of terrain such as grass, kerbs and rough uneven roads.
The large front wheel has less resistance than small castors, making it easier to roll on any surface, whether the user is alone, or with a companion.
“The FreeWheel is just brilliant,” she said. “As soon as we had fitted the adaptor to my wheelchair and then attached the FreeWheel off I went towards the marquee to see how everything was progressing. The day itself was amazing and thanks to the FreeWheel I did not miss out on any of the celebrations.”
Mrs Smith has since used the accessory for other outdoor trips, including to National Trust properties and the beach.