James Ramsdale, 63 from Perth in Scotland, who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), now owns a pioneering new type of transportable powered wheelchair, the WHILL Model C, so business activities are easier.
Originally from Lancashire, James has worked in sales and marketing for over 30 years with various roles at a major food manufacturer. He moved from Oxfordshire to Perth five years ago when he got married, but has been involved in a web based Sales & Marketing Company based in Lancashire selling Garden Furniture and Equipment for the last 10 years. This business continues to go from strength-to-strength and James thoroughly enjoys his role at www.bighomeshop.co.uk
James was diagnosed with MS in 1979 however his walking mobility has only been significantly restricted in the last four years following a leg fracture. Before discovering the new WHILL, James remained mobile with a manual wheelchair and second-hand scooter, however neither gave him the independence and flexibility he needed for his commercial lifestyle.
James had followed the progress of WHILL Model C for some time online so when it was launched at Naidex in April, he immediately arranged an assessment and test drive with TGA. Its lightweight chassis, transportable design and radical styling really appealed to James. Now a proud owner of an innovative WHILL developed in Japan by ex-automotive and technology specialists, James is able to enjoy greater freedom on business trips and at home.
WHILL Model C is unlike any other electric wheelchair. Termed a Personal Electric Vehicle (PEV), WHILL from TGA represents a breakthrough in contemporary mobility product design as it combines revolutionary aesthetics, manoeuvrability and comfort with advanced transportability. This cutting-edge PEV can be dismantled into three lightweight components ideal for storage in a car boot or at home. It incorporates pioneering all-directional Omni front wheels which deliver the smallest feasible turning circle ideal for negotiating tight public and private spaces. Combined with hi-tech steering controls and advanced battery technology, WHILL Model C delivers multiple advantages to people living with conditions such as MS.
James explains: “I have owned my WHILL Model C for only a few weeks however I have been impressed with its performance and comfort. Its manoeuvrability around the home is superb and when I visit the Lancashire headquarters of the company I work for, I’m sure it will provide excellent access around the warehouse and office.
James continues: “I own a Land Rover Discovery 4 so instead of dismantling my WHILL I am having a car boot hoist fitted so I can easily lift and lower the powerchair in one piece. The remote control App I find is very useful especially when going to bed at night. I position my WHILL next to the bed, transfer out and then park it on the other side of the room so it is not in the way, very clever technology. I plan to use this remote control App when positioning the WHILL for lifting into the car boot. I will then be able to line up the hoist whilst sitting safely on the tailgate.”
James concludes: “WHILL is far more comfortable than my manual wheelchair and the Omni wheels provide amazing manoeuvrability. Accessing tables and desks is straightforward and overall it just gives me far more flexibility in life.”
WHILL Model C has been specifically developed for style-conscious individuals, such as James, who seek a contemporary product for assured independence and a confident lifestyle. Owners have the ability to access urban and rural environments either for leisure time or work, through a streamlined chassis and world-class performance.