06 Oct 2023
REHASENSE RETAILER WITH A DIFFERENCE
As a wheelchair user himself, James Thorpe, a director of Baston based Rehasense dealer The Ability Shop (www.theabilityshop.co.uk ) is acutely aware of the needs of people living with a disability.
James was a fire fighter until an accident on holiday 7 years ago which resulted in a spinal cord injury that left him paralysed from the chest down. As James considered a new career following his accident, he came up with the idea of setting up an accessible bathing company with the support of his partner Izzy and parents Shelagh and Rob which in time led to the opening of The Ability Shop showroom at The Waterside Garden Centre in Baston near Peterborough. “When I first started out, I never envisaged the business growing at the rate it has. I do think that the fact I am a wheelchair user myself means that customers know I can truly empathize with them and understand the challenges they face on a daily basis” commented James. In addition to being a Rehasense dealer, James is also a Rehasense customer as he uses an Icon 60 manual wheelchair every day. “I have had various wheelchairs over the years and the Icon 60 is great. I love the fact that it is so adjustable so you can adjust the chair as your needs change, and it is also extremely comfortable and lightweight” continued James. The Ability Shop stocks most of the Rehasense portfolio including manual wheelchairs, rollators, PAWS and Track Wheel. “All the Rehasense products are popular with our customer base especially the Space LX rollator which we sell on a daily basis. As a mobility retailer, it is vital to have suppliers you can count on and that is certainly the case with Rehasense. Our main point of contact is Phil Needham who is always on hand to answer any queries and keep us up to date on any product developments. This support is backed up by the team at Rehasense HQ who are always available and ensure we receive prompt delivery of orders” concluded James. The ICON 60 manual wheelchair from Rehasense is one of the most adjustable wheelchairs currently available and features a lightweight rigid 7000 Series aluminium alloy frame and carbon fibre side panels to enable the user to adjust the chair to suit their individual needs. The frame length and seat angle are adjustable and for maximum comfort, the backrest can be adjusted forward by up to 20˚ or backwards by up to 10˚. The seat height can also be easily adjusted which changes the centre of gravity to make the chair a more ‘active’ model. With a maximum user capacity of 120kg and a choice of 4 colour finishes and several wheel, tyre and push rim options available, the ICON 60 takes manual wheelchair design to the next level. For more information on the full portfolio of mobility solutions available from Rehasense call 0333 220 0704 email email@example.com or visit www.rehasense.co.uk