Recently Remap, a national charity that works through local groups of skilled volunteers to help disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life, held an awards ceremony to award its volunteers for the great work they have done.
The ceremony was held in London, with awards presented by Dave Henson, engineer and Paralympian, who said, “I am blown away by the ingenuity of Remap’s engineers. They are coming up with some really unique, creative solutions which have a massive impact on people’s lives.”
The talented makers, inventors and engineers submitted a strong field of applications for the awards, which this year included the Able Magazine Award.
The winners were:
This gadget was devised for Bob Crump, a paraplegic who enjoys off-road driving. He has a hand-controlled Range Rover but was experiencing great difficulty in moving from his wheelchair to the car unassisted, due to declining upper body strength.
Remap volunteer David Tappin solved the challenge by making a simple lightweight frame which clips onto the vehicle’s door hinges to provide a stable handle. This enables Bob to use both hands and arms to lift himself from his wheelchair to the driving seat.
Thanking Remap, Bob said: “The handle David Tappin made allowed me to not only continue my off-road driving but also enabled me to get out much more for general day to day activities, which I had started to avoid, therefore improving my quality of life. I can’t put into words how grateful I am to Remap and especially Mr Tappin who generously gave so much of his time and expertise”.
The awards represent some ingenious solutions to problems faced by individual disabled people from across the country. Like all of Remaps equipment, each of these devices were given away free to its new owner, for whom it was specially designed. Remap’s team of hard-working volunteers help about 10 people every day, allowing people in their communities to stay independent, regain lost skills and discover new ones.
Watch the Helping Handle video on Remap's YouTube channel.