Tributes have been pouring in for Bromakin Wheelchairs’ founder, Pete Carruthers MBE, who passed away last week.
Pete was a well-known face across the mobility industry and on the wheelchair racing circuit, where he helped to pioneer equipment for elite athletes, including himself.
Pete led an illustrious racing career; taking part in over 50 marathons and achieving gold at the 1988 Seoul Paralympics while setting a world record time.
He founded Bromakin Wheelchairs in 1983, which started out manufacturing racing wheelchairs, but diversified into a general mobility equipment provider.
Many mobility veterans will likely have known Pete and suppliers and fellow dealers have been leaving messages on Bromakin’s Facebook page.
Invacare UK wrote: “We’re so sorry to hear of the sad news, Peter will be greatly missed within the industry. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all who work at Bromakin.”
Kim Chaney said: “Such a massive loss to our industry, and wheelchair sports as a whole. RIP Pete.”
Meanwhile, Rose Clark, on behalf of RGK Wheelchairs, said: “Very sad news. Such a lovely inspirational guy. Will be sadly missed within the wheelchair industry. Condolences to Pete’s family, friends and all the Bromakin team.”
One of Pete’s clients, Tim Barnett, wrote: “Sad to hear this. Only met him once when I needed advice on castors for chair I’d bought second hand. He ended up giving me a pair free of charge as I wasn’t working and couldn’t afford them that day. Which was super generous, kind and helpful. Please pass on my condolences.”
Ian Bushnell from Bromakin, said: “I suspect that most people don’t fully know how significant Pete (and Bromakin) has been over decades regarding the input into disability sport and wheelchair racing.
“Pete was involved with the early days of altering a standard wheelchair to turn it into a longer chair that would be better to race in.
“I understand that he also helped to introduce Tanni Grey-Thompson and David Weir into the sport, and provided them with customised racing wheelchairs.”
Pete and his wife Sheila retired from work a few years ago and now Steve Asher and Rob Wickham own and manage the business.
A celebration of Pete’s life and achievements has been arranged for Thursday 8 August at the Holywell Park Conference Centre. Ian said the company would love as many people as possible to attend, if they were an old acquaintance.
Bromakin said it will continue to honour Pete’s legacy and offered its thoughts to his family.
Celebration of Life
After a private burial, if you knew Pete and would like to
join Bromakin to share stories and remember a life lived to the fullest, you
are welcome to attend a celebration afternoon:
Holywell Park Conference Centre,
University of Loughborough
Thursday 8 August at 1.30pm for 2pm start
All welcome, no RSVP required
Any questions please contact
Rob (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01509 217569)
No flowers please, any donations to RSPB
This is a celebration so please wear bright clothing