Rosie’s Powerchair Football dream comes true!

Earlier this we we posted about Rosie, who was trying to raise money for a new powerchair, enabling her to play at higher levels of powerchair football. We are so pleased Rosie was able to raise the money she needed to and had her call up to be part of the England Team!

Rosie got her call up on Monday, and has to spend a weekend in August at a training camp with the rest of the national team.

The news comes following a league and cup double with her London-based team, Aspire PFC, bringing home both the Premiership and FA Cup this season before heading to the Champions League in October.

At the moment Rosie is having to increase her training from the two hours a week she does at Watford with her team, to another six hours a week independently. However, it is really hard to find affordable space. It will only be Rosie training, and a hall at the UEA can cost between £50 and £100 for an hour, sadly Rosie just can’t afford that.Rosie new chair

If the training camp, held on August 12 and 13 in Burton-on-Trent, is successful, Rosie could be on her way to America next year for the World Cup.

She got onto the radar of the England squad after being head-hunted by their scouts during a national weekend in Nottingham.

“I was ecstatic, and just couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I am now the only girl who has been picked for this year’s squad.”

“Without the new chair I wouldn’t have got the call-up,” she said. “It is only that I now have the skill and the equipment that I am able to fulfil my dreams.

At present America are the holders of the World Cup but England are second, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to take it from them. Best of luck Rosie, we will be looking out for some great results!

East Coast Mobility supply new and used powerchairs, and all other mobility aids to make your life better, give us a call on 01502 514500 to speak to one of our friendly team.

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Motability day for Lowestoft – East Coast Mobility

Come and visit us at John Grose on Friday 17th June 2016 | 10am – 4pm for their fourth annual Motability day. Our role at the event is to allow people to see how they can have a mobility scooter and a car on Motability.

There will be exclusive chances to take advantage of some special offers and experience the Ford and Kia deals available. Most models need no deposit making them even more affordable. There are free test drives and refreshments from the John Grose team who are super friendly and will give you a great buying experience.

Their Motability specialists will be close at hand to choose your perfect car and other specialists will guide you through the process of having your car adapted to suit your needs.

This year there is an exciting competition running too – enter into a prize draw for a chance to win an iPad!

Come along and say hello and you will get a free pack of luxury biscuits.

We look forward to seeing you.

New disability friendly playground equipment in Lowestoft!

The Team at East Coast Mobility were delighted to hear that the Mayor of Lowestoft Stephen Ardley has officially opened the new “disability roundabout” at Nicholas Everitt Park with representatives from Sentinel Leisure Trust and members of the community.

The idea was first put forward by Waveney Sportsability chairman Rachel Bayliss, 44, whose grand-daughter, Katie Barnard, three, regularly visits the park but was unable to use the play equipment due to a disability.

Ms Bayliss said: “This development will give Katie, and children 
like Katie, the opportunity to experience the same fun as 
other children growing up – which up until now she has not been able to enjoy.

“It is so lovely to see the smile on her face and moving forward we have plans to provide further equipment.

“Children, like Katie, have the right to play and thanks to equipment like this, they are now able to do just that.

“It would be nice to think that other play areas will follow suit.”

Claire Henwood, sports and leisure development manager at Sentinel Leisure – which provides sport and leisure services across Waveney – said: “The roundabout gives those with disabilities the chance to 
play and allows disabled children and abled bodied children to play together which will be great to see.”

Funded by Section 106 money, which builders have to provide when creating new developments, the roundabout is equipped with two rubber stoppers to hold a wheelchair in place and can even allow a full sized motorised chair to be secured safely.

Mr Ardley said: “It is an absolute pleasure to officiate this occasion because it makes the playground more accessible to all.

“In the future there are plans to expand upon this, particularly introducing disabled friendly swings to the Nicholas Everitt playground.”

Long may this support of the less abled in our community continue!

See the story on the EDP website here.

Help raise £2,500 to give Rachel her life back – East Coast Mobility

Rachel Stokes, 26, has always had a great passion for the countryside and enjoying an active lifestyle.

But now a combination of serious illnesses has take all of that away from her.

She needs to raise £2,500 by March 17 to buy a recumbent trike which will enable her to enjoy cycling again, get out into the countryside and build up muscle mass to greatly improve her quality of life.

Miss Stokes’ condition left her completely bed bound for periods of six months and three months, two years ago.

She now uses an electric wheelchair, splints and crutches to be as independent as possible, but finds her wheelchair only allows her go to built up areas like towns and cities.

Miss Stokes said: “I love the countryside and I am surrounded by it, but I can’t access it. I can only really go to Norwich and Dereham.

“The countryside is where I feel at home. I’ve never liked being indoors.”

Miss Stokes, who lives on Elm Street, suffers from rare conditions called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III (EDS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) as well as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Reynaud’s Syndrome and ADHD.

These cause parts of her body to be too stretchy and weak and she has frequent dislocations. She suffers pain in mildly cold weather and endures exhaustion and dizziness.

Simply standing up can cause her heart rate to go from 148 to 200 beats per minute.

There is no cure for Miss Stokes’ conditions, but ways of managing them and building up muscle mass is key to this.

She said: “Because I struggle to stand up a lot of the time, it is really difficult to strengthen my muscles.

“This tricycle is designed in a way where I will be able to use it comfortably. It will enable me to get out into the countryside again, to go through the physiotherapy that I need to and to enjoy a hobby that I’ve always loved. It will be truly life-changing.”

EDS is a genetic condition which Miss Stokes was born with.

But because EDS is so rare, she was only diagnosed with the condition six months ago.

Her condition become more severe about two years ago.

She said: “I was always in and out of hospital when I was a child but nobody could tell me what was wrong with me. I just thought it was normal illnesses that children have.”

Miss Stokes used to participate in cycling, gymnastics, horse riding and dog agility training.

She used to work at BeWILDerwood adventure park at Hoveton, as a site supervisor, but is currently unable to work.

Miss Stokes said: “With this trike I will be able to improve so much and hope to go back to work and get back on with my life.”

Her ambition is to go to university and take a degree in animal behaviour and welfare.

People can donate by going to

Due to the rules of Crowdfunding there is a 30-day deadline to reach the target and Miss Stokes needs to raise the £2,500 by March 17.

Here at East Coast Mobility we aren’t always able to help with donations, but are always pleased to help those needing funding to gain exposure so drop us a line at

We are now Invacare Dealers!

We have now officially been appointed Invacare Dealers for the local area!

Invacare have an amazing range of scooters, wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and other daily living aids. Here at East Coast Mobility we are proud to be associated with Invacare and hope to have a great 2016 working together.

Below is an outline of their scooter range. Call us on 01502 514500 for more information.

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Power chair football player needs your help!

Champions league football beckons for Sprowston teenager


The 17-year-old photography student is now competing at the highest level in England, having taken up power chair football five years ago.

And the Chelsea fan now plays for London-based club Aspire PFC, Premiership winners seven times in the last 10 years.

But with the Champions League looming in Denmark this October, Rosie needs £6,500 for a new chair or risks dropping out of the sport.

Rosie’s problems began when she was diagnosed with rare primary lymphedema at around 18 months old, according to mum Tina, 43.

“She had a cherry mark on her thigh, which got rather bigger and started to leak a milky fluid,” she said.

“Nobody knew what it was. After a lot of tests, we were told it was lymphedema. 
“When she was eight or nine she had some debulking operations, but it gradually became worse. 
“Eventually her pelvis collapsed and she had bone infections one after the other. At that stage she had to have cement put into her pelvis to stablise it. She had cracked vertebrae, which is contained using a lot of painkillers.”


Rosie originally started playing wheelchair basketball, but her condition worsened and she was unable to continue, taking up powerchair football.

“That was the best decision of my life,” said Rosie. “Since then I have been going to Nottingham to compete in the national league, and travelled to Portugal for a training camp with players from all around the world.

“I try to forget about my condition and carry on normally. 
“It is hard. Sometimes I would be at college and get interrupted because my back or my arms are hurting. That is a challenge, but I would rather my condition does not take control of me. 
“The problem now is these new chairs are being introduced to the league, and this is a must-have chair to be able to stay in the sport. It’s essential for me to be able to stay at the top level and progress even more. I need the chair to be on an even playing field.
“The sport is progressing and if you are left behind you are left behind. It is very fast moving. The Champions League is in October and that would be an honour.”

The powerchair football Champions League is a five-day event, with two days training and a three-day tournament. Rosie and her team will travel by ferry to compete against 11 of the best teams around Europe. Each fund their own travel.

Cauldwell Children’s Trust provided Rosie with her first chair, but will be unable to fund the new Strike Force model, the family have been told.

“The chair she has got is OK for the English league, but it would be like racing a Skoda and Ferrari in Europe because they all play on these Strike Force chairs,” Mrs Hodgson explained.
“As far as I see it this is Rosie’s only way of socialising with other like-minded people who are in a situation like hers.
“They get a whole group of people playing at the same level, and that is important to her. She is a very good player, and to be able to pursue her dream is brilliant for her.

“Rosie is such a happy soul, and she tried to do 100pc in everything she does.”

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Product of the month – the Ergo Lite 2

The Karma Ergo Lite 2

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We love this wheelchair – here’s why;

  • It is so light! At under 9kg – 8.7 to be precise
  • With a super strong aluminum frame the weight doesn’t compromise on strength
  • Solid tyres – no risk of punctures
  • Super comfy seat straight out of the box
  • Removable leg rests

Here’s the blurb from the manufacturer;

The Ergo Lite 2 transit from Karma Mobility is one of the most lightweight wheelchairs that you’ll find throughout our range. Weighing in at just 8.7kg it is highly practical and comes with the well-loved S-Ergo seating system that provides pressure relief, reducing the chances of the user sliding down the seat.

The lightness of this wheelchair in no way affects the stability or reliability of it and it has some of the most innovative features included. The chair features detachable footrest hangers, an Aegis microbe shield, fixed arm rests, stylish upholstery, a folding frame and half folding back rest for easy transportation.


  • Ultra light frame from 8.7kg (19lbs) complete
  • Detachable footrest hangers
  • S-Ergo system provides pressure relief and reduces sliding
  • Aegis microbe shield permanently bonded antimicrobial barrier
  • Half folding back rest for easy transportation
  • Fixed armrests
  • Folding frame
  • Comfortable & durable upholstery

If you are looking for a super lightweight, super comfy wheelchair, this is probably the best your money could buy.

Call us today on 01502 514500 to arrange a demonstration.


Wheelchair Powerpack to ease the load

As average wheelchair occupant weight increases, fitting a Powerpack can be a proven solution to help push a manual wheelchair.

A Wheelchair Powerpack is a powered unit that can be fitted to the underside of a manual attendant-controlled wheelchair. It can include one or two drive wheels that are powered by an on-board battery connected to controls mounted on a wheelchair handle. With a top speed of 3-4mph, it is the perfect solution to help push a manual wheelchair.

This is particularly important for carers who regularly have to negotiate slopes, ramps, kerbs or uneven surfaces – it eliminates potential overexertion. Powerpacks fit a wide variety of wheelchairs including many tilt-in-space models and can help push an occupant and wheelchair weighing up to 32st. Models can also provide forward and reverse motion to assist with maneuvering in restrictive spaces.

Here at East Coast Mobility we fit dozens of Powerpacks every year and are particularly popular with Carers whose partners are disabled and maybe larger than them too.

Simply call 01502 514500 to find out if your wheelchair is suitable for a powerpack today!

Amazing wheelchair technology developed by MND sufferer!

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Patrick Joyce and Steve Evans both suffer from motor neurone disease. It leaves them unable to use their limbs to control electric wheelchairs instead they have invented a system that tracks the movement of their eyes a 3D-printed ‘hand’ then moves the joystick of the wheelchair for them.

In a bid to give paralysed and disabled people more freedom, an inventor with motor neurone disease has developed a wheelchair he controls using just his eyes.

Patrick Joyce, 46, created the Eyedrivomatic technology after he began to lose the use of his muscles due to the disease.

4081241445451445238The device uses eye-tracking technology to allow him to issue commands to a computer and a 3D-printed ‘hand’ that can fit over the joystick of an ordinary electric wheelchair.

Patrick Joyce (pictured), who has motor neurone disease, has developed a system that allows him to drive a wheelchair with his eyes. He created the technology, which uses eye-tracking technology, with fellow MND patient Steve Evans and film maker David Hopkinson. The team has now won an award for the idea

Patrick Joyce (pictured), who has motor neurone disease, has developed a system that allows him to drive a wheelchair with his eyes. He created the technology, which uses eye-tracking technology, with fellow MND patient Steve Evans and film maker David Hopkinson. The team has now won an award for the idea

This allows disabled people who have lost movement in their limbs to manoeuvre themselves around without having to buy expensive new wheelchairs.

The team, which also included film maker David Hopkinson and Mr Joyce’s friend Steve Evans, has now been awarded a $196,000 (£128,000) prize by the Hackaday Awards.

Help inspirational Joel to get his dream wheelchair!

Joel Conner-Saunders, 19, of Norwich is raising money to buy himself a new wheelchair.

Joel Conner-Saunders, 19, of Norwich is raising money to buy himself a new dream wheelchair.

Joel Conner-Saunders, 19, of Norwich is raising money to buy himself a new wheelchair. Picture: ANTONY KELLY
The West Earlham teenager was born with cerebral palsy, yet still lists daring wheelchair skating among his top sports and says no challenge is insurmountable.

Now on his gap year, the 19-year-old teaches everything from dance to football and basketball, but needs a high-specification wheelchair – superior to his current one – to help him reach his dreams.

He currently uses his regular day chair on the skateparks for his new favourite sport, called WCMX, but because it is not the correct specification, it could be unsafe.

So, to help his hobby list grow, the Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard teams took to the Broads in their home-made raft this weekend and paddled 54 miles from Wroxham to Norwich to help buy a new £3,000 wheelchair.

Joel Connor-Saunders playing wheelchair basketball, Picutre: Paul Saunders
But there’s still a fair bit of fund-raising left to do.

Mr Connor-Saunders, who has recently finished studying for a diploma in sports and fitness coaching at Easton College, said: “I am an adrenaline junkie.

“I have always been like this ever since I was a kid.

“Not being able to do things because I am in a wheelchair makes me push myself even more.

“I have always had the attitude that if someone tells me I am not able to do something, I will just want to do it right in front of them.”

The raft adventure organiser Christon Iliffe, 28, a coastguard rescue officer based at Happisburgh, said the funds would be split between Let’s Do It Anyway, which is supporting Mr Connor-Saunders’ cause, and Scotty’s Little Soliders, which helps children whose parents who have been killed in conflict.

The raft was made up of two aircraft fuel tanks with the tops cut off, connected with scaffold poles, and had school chairs to sit on, seating a crew of six.

There were two support vessels travelling with them.

Mr Connor-Saunders explained what a difference the wheelchair will make: “It would be a dream come true. I mainly do wheelchair basketball and a bit of tennis and rugby. But this new wheelchair will help me to do more extreme sports like wheelchair motocross (WCMX).

“It is ideal for someone like me who is into sports and adrenaline. It is a normal wheelchair, but with other extras like shock absorbers, so you don’t hurt yourself when you land, or damage the chair.”

Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard teams thanked Norfolk Broads Direct for the use of a boat for the three days and Tesco in Mundesley for the supply of food.

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As well as fundraising for equipment you could use your DLA or PIP money for a new piece of disability  equipment, see our tips for DLA here.

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