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Welcome to Wheelfreedom's news page where we keep you updated on our products, services, and the latest happenings from the wider world.

Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

Wed Mar 28 2018
Wheelfreedom will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April, and re-opens on Tuesday 3rd April with normal opening hours. Please read on for more information on our service over the Easter period.

Heathrow Won’t Compensation Delayed Disabled Passengers.

Mon Mar 26 2018
In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye was asked various questions regarding the airports responsibility when it came to providing compensation for disabled passengers who were left stranded, or severely delayed coming in or out of the airport. Heathrow claim they will now work to a “20 minute” target for which to get a disabled traveller off a plane, after every other passenger has left, however his answers repeated the idea that he doesn’t “think it’s reasonable that we should take financial responsibility” for passengers who aren’t helped within this time frame.

Accessible routes option added to Google maps

Thu Mar 22 2018
Google have introduced a new feature on Google Maps which allows users to plan their journeys based on routes which provide step free access. The programme was designed to help people navigate the world by finding the quickest, or best route from A to B, or even just to show where the nearest ‘anything’ is to your current location. However, the ‘best’ or ‘quickest’ routes are often not the most convenient for someone with a disability.

Breeze S4 Redesign

Fri Mar 16 2018
The Breeze S4 has been given a stylish new redesign by the guys over at TGA Mobility. The new design adds a modern look, while TGA have also introduced the option of a new ‘charcoal grey’ shroud. It is not only the body which has been redesigned, the tiller and dashboard have both seen changes, creating a more aesthetically pleasing look, with smoother edges and a better laid out display. A canopy (Pictured) can also be fitted, creating a more complete look, whilst also having the practical function of keeping the elements off of the user.

What do I need? Knee Scooter or Leg Trolley?

Thu Mar 08 2018
We receive many calls from customers who have recently suffered a foot or ankle injury asking which the best option for them is, the Knee Scooter or the Orthopaedic Leg Trolley. Both the Knee scooter and the Orthopaedic Leg Trolley function in the same way, by resting the knee of the injured lower leg on the knee rest pad, and pushing along the ground using the uninjured leg, propelling the Knee Scooter or Leg Trolley in the desired direction. But which is the right one for you?

Wheelfreedom partner with car hoist experts Autochair

Fri Mar 02 2018
Wheelfreedom have partnered with Autochair, the leading supplier and manufacturer of car hoists and lifts, designed for getting your mobility scooter or powerchair in and out your car. Getting your mobility product into the boot of a car is not always easy and convenient, it can even be tough with ‘boot scooters’ sometimes, so having a hoist to take the strain for you will benefit all who need to transport theirs or their family members mobility scooter or powerchair using a car.

Finance options now available at Wheelfreedom

Thu Feb 22 2018
Wheelfreedom have now partnered with Divido, the highly rated finance provider, in order to offer our customers the opportunity to spread the cost of your mobility scooter, or your powerchair, across a period of 2-4 years on a range of finance options, allowing you to get the product you want when you want it.

Product Profile: Ex-hire TGA Breeze S4 & S4 Max available from £1,200*

Fri Feb 16 2018
We have got three ex-hire TGA Breeze S4’s and one Breeze S4 Max at a greatly discounted rate available for purchase or long-term hire. These premium, top of the range scooters combine powerful performance, ease of use, and comfort. With a weight capacity of up to 31 stone, this is perfect for someone who wants a solid, advanced and comfortable mobility scooter.

Blue Badge Scheme Could Cover More Conditions

Thu Feb 08 2018
A new proposal has been made for blue badge parking permits to be awarded to those suffering with ‘hidden disabilities’ as well as those who already qualify for the scheme. The proposed new policy will see conditions such as Dementia and Autism considered, where previously they had not. Transport minister Jesse Norman said that the blue badges make it easier to disabled people to see friends, get a job and go to the shop and that “we want to try to extend this to people with invisible disabilities.”

The DWP Set to Review Every PIP Claim

Tue Jan 30 2018
The Department for Work and Pensions have announced that all 1.6 million people receiving Personal Independence Payments will have their claims reviewed. The decision comes following the recent news that the DWP would not be challenging a court ruling, which had said that recent changes to the PIP system were unfair to those suffering with invisible disabilities, such as mental health conditions. An estimated 220,000 people are expected to receive more money as a result.

NHS Commissioners Given More Freedom with Wheelchair budgets

Thu Jan 25 2018
Commissioning groups within the NHS have been given the opportunity to think more creatively in how funding will be distributed. With a new personal wheelchair budget being introduced in April this year, it should see CCG’s (Clinical Commissioning Groups) being able to offer wheelchairs and powerchairs of a higher spec than they could previously, provided it is appropriate for the patient.

Sunrise Medical JAY Seating Training

Sat Jan 20 2018
This week three of our product specialists were in Birmingham for Sunrise Medical’s JAY seating training event, designed to gain knowledge about the core principles underlying seating and positioning, whilst learning more about their JAY seating range and how it can benefit you.

Motability scrap £100 upfront payment for new customers

Thu Jan 11 2018
On 1st January 2018 Motability decided to get rid of their £100 upfront payment, which was required for new customers to enter into the scheme. This follows Motability’s decision to lower prices on a significant number of their products last quarter, as well as keeping prices exactly the same this quarter.

Fish Insurance

Thu Jan 04 2018
Wheelfreedom have partnered with Fish Insurance, the UK’s leading mobility specialist insurance company, in order to provide our customers with a range of insurance options for their wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Product Profile: Pride Jazzy Zero Turn Mobility Scooter.

Fri Dec 29 2017
The latest in Pride Mobility’s Jazzy range is available at Wheelfreedom! This revolutionary boot scooter offers unique dual-motor technology, enhanced traction and a turning circle like no other boot scooter on the market and is available for both long term hire, and to purchase.

2017 Clearout

Fri Dec 15 2017
As another year draws to a close, it is time for a clearout here at Wheelfreedom. We have a selection of ex demo, and ex hire, scooters and non-prescriptive powerchairs on sale at rock bottom prices. There are a limited number left, so once they are gone… they are gone.

Xmas opening times 2017

Fri Dec 08 2017
The festive season is here again and now is the perfect time to make your plans for hiring a wheelchair if you have any disabled relatives visiting, or if you just wish to get out and about and join the Christmas celebrations yourself. Thankfully Wheelfreedom are delivering wheelchairs nationwide in the run up to the most wonderful time of the year.

Happy Birthday Wheelfreedom!

Mon Dec 04 2017
Last week saw Wheelfreedom turn 10 years old! The company was founded in 2007 by Giles Donald and Henry Cheape after experiencing, first hand, many problems when trying to hire a quality wheelchair. They were amazed to find that there was a lack of quality and convenient options on the market, with very high prices, poor customer service, old stock and long waiting lists, making the whole process difficult. This experience led to the birth of Wheelfreedom.

St Andrews Day

Tue Nov 28 2017
On Thursday 30th November, it is St Andrew’s Day. Due to this we would like to advise our Scottish customers, and those traveling to Scotland, to take into consideration that there will be no deliveries or collections on this day within Scotland. We would also like to wish everyone a Happy St Andrews Day.

Wheelchair users struggle to find the right chair

Thu Nov 23 2017
A recent study has found almost a quarter of wheelchair users have had to buy a second wheelchair, as the one they had previously received had been unsuitable or uncomfortable. This was followed in the subsequent report by the news that only half of the respondents had actually found a wheelchair they were happy with within a year.

Government Forced to Change PIP Rules:

Thu Nov 16 2017
A recent court ruling has resulted in the government being forced to change the rules for PIP applications. These changes are expected to benefit thousands of people by seeing them granted higher disability rights. A major change to the application is the decision to scrap rules based on how “unlikely” a person was to come to harm, and instead, judges have ruled that the DWP should base these decisions on how serious harm can be for the individual, not how likely. Changes like these will mean that a lot of people with conditions such as epilepsy have a much smaller chance of getting rejected for a claim. These changes will also see many existing claimants benefit in various ways.

Product Profile: Invacare Fox Modulite

Wed Nov 08 2017
The original Invacare Fox was released in 2015, a good quality, affordable, entry level powerchair. This model has now been upgraded with the inclusion of Invacare’s Modulite seating. It is the latest in Invacare’s range of SMART powerchairs, combining it’s advanced Modulite seating with the revolutionary LiNX control system providing a comfortable ride and consistent performance. But what exactly is Modulite seating? And what can it do for you?

Appealing a PIP decision

Sat Oct 28 2017
We published, in a previous blog, about the difficulties surrounding government changes since DLA became PIP. Many applicants for PIP have found themselves rejected initially for funding, only to be accepted upon appeal, with no change in circumstance. If you have found yourself in a situation like this, where you feel you have not been awarded the funding you feel you are entitled to, and want to appeal the decision, then continue to read, as we will outline the basic process for appealing a decision through PIP.

Product Profile: Sunrise Medical Quickie Puma 40 Powerchair

Wed Oct 25 2017
Newly supplied by Wheelfreedom, the Puma 40 is a high-end, truly configurable powerchair. Available with lift, tilt and recline on Motablility, this chair offers the unique option of either front and rear wheel drive, allowing the user full control to choose a style which best suits their lifestyle. Choice is a key characteristic for the Puma 40, with other options including your choice of electronics system, with options such as advanced and the powerful R-Net controls.