On 1st March International Wheelchair Day celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary.
The initiative for IWD was set up by Steve Wilkinson who said;
“It’s a day of celebration for the freedom a wheelchair gives me and millions of others throughout the world. I would be unable to get out and about and have the quality of life I have if it wasn’t for my wheelchair…. It’s a day of reflection about the fact that the world isn’t as “wheelchair friendly” as it could be. There are still many access issues preventing wheelchair users going to places non-wheelchair users can go easily.”
Viv and I founded Beyond the Boundary Wheelchairs because we had become increasingly aware that being in a wheelchair meant that frequently, people could not access the terrain or venues they wished to visit. Equally as distressing, was the realisation that families were often divided because of lack of accessibility. Perhaps two of the families three children were able bodied and enjoyed playing in the woods or on the beach, but that left Mum or Dad behind with the child who simply couldn’t join in. So sad.
We quickly realised the difference the all terrain Trekinetic wheelchairs could make to an individual and their loved ones, and certainly think they deserve to be ‘celebrated for the freedom they offer’.
On March 3rd, I braved the elements and took the Trekinetics to Aldenham Country Park, Hertfordshire. Quite understandably on a snowy, slippery, cold day, there were not many people around.
This was the first time I’d had the opportunity to witness in person how the Trekinetic performs in the snow, and in the words of Helen, our well travelled customer and friend, it was ‘inspirational as always’. The three-wheeled chair went about it’s job in its normal competent fashion and coped admirably. It was as if there was no snow there at all! Quite remarkable.
March 10th saw us at Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood taking part in their Accessibility Day. Here, thankfully, it was warmer and we had several people come and try the chairs out.
Words such as ‘awesome’, ‘I want one’, ‘freedom’ ‘independence’ were all heard as people tried them out over woodland, tree roots, mud and gravel.
With two Powered GTE Trekinetic off-road wheelchairs available, one family in particular found themselves running after both their children as they sped off ….one was trying the chair out of need, the other went along simply for the ride! But at just four years of age, it proved that you can never be too young for a Trekinetic!
Myself, Viv and the team behind BBW, would like to thank everyone who came along to try out the Trekinetic chairs and / or have liked, shared, posted and commented over the past few weeks making International Wheelchair Day’s 10th anniversary, memorable.
We hope that we can help to make IWD 11th anniversary even bigger and better, reaching more disabled people and enabling them to celebrate their wheelchair by walking the dog, mucking out the horses, taking the kids to the beach, going shopping, or just going out for a coffee!
Michelle & Viv