It doesn't seem five minutes since we were attending the Kids To Adultz Up North in 2019, but these fantastic events come round very quickly. This time it was the Midlands turn to showcase all the exciting advancements that companies have made in both equipment and provisioning.
What stuck out this time was the diversity of products available and how customisable they are to individuals. Almost every product can be made somewhat bespoke, but the real focus is now on building everything completely uniquely. There is now a massive range of products and companies that can make your equipment really yours — making sure that the things you need are not just functional but also an extension of your personality.
There was also an extensive range of equipment designed to keep people active. It could be running equipment for almost any condition imaginable, pedal bikes for everyone and even wheelchairs designed to be pushed easily whilst running. It's incredible to see what's achieved when companies are focused on producing the best product they can in their area.
The health benefits to all those involved are undeniable, so no longer do parents with children have to organise care so they can get out for a run. There is a considerable range of buggies, wheelchairs, pushchairs and bike attachments that will make sure parents and carers alike can be active and take people along with them. There are also a few with motors as back up, so you won't be stranded and there’s always the option to cheat a bit!
These types of products will push the boundaries of what a wheelchair is, and make us as a company design new and exciting products to meet the users needs. Not everyone will want to be running miles, but each individual might want to make their product their own. It could be a few stickers, a fancy paint job, or whatever their heart desires. Personalisation will be vital in providing mobility aids going forward, and we can't wait to see what the future holds.
Mark Bates Ltd