TGA Mobility is delighted to announce it is working with the outdoor online resource ‘The Outdoor Guide’, co-founded by TV presenter Julia Bradbury and her sister Gina, to showcase more wheelchair friendly walks using the WHILL powerchair.
Julia and Gina comments: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with TGA Mobility. They are a like-minded family business and together we are confident that we can really help each other to promote wheel friendly walks for all abilities”.
WHILL from TGA is a pioneering new PEV (Personal Electric Vehicle) which is revolutionising powered wheelchair design. It has been designed by leading talents from the Japanese motor industry and represents a new perspective on independent mobility. Following significant success worldwide particularly in the Far East and America, TGA has recently introduced WHILL to the UK market so style-conscious individuals can benefit from world-class technology. WHILL encompasses pioneering ‘omni’ front wheels that deliver forward and lateral rotation – significantly reducing its turning circle and providing effortless manoeuvrability. Combined with powerful four-wheel drive, WHILL is the ideal solution for negotiating confined spaces or terrain such as sand and gravel – this is why The Outdoor Guide with Julia Bradbury has partnered with TGA.
Since launch TGA WHILL has generated significant media interest including coverage on ITV News. This high-level press coverage is set to continue through The Outdoor Guide (TOG) which is affiliated with the popular TV presenter Julia Bradbury. Julia is synonymous for her love of the outdoors and is best known for co-presenting BBC Countryfile and Watchdog on BBC1. Her latest series on walks around Britain, following a move to ITV, generated impressive viewing figures. Julia’s walks are featured on The Outdoor Guide which is an informative and engaging website spearheaded by Julia’s sister, Gina. TOG has its own film crew and had exclusive access to the behind the scenes production of Julia Bradbury’s walks so the quality of content on its website is outstanding.
This online community provides a platform for sharing stories, outdoor intelligence and knowledge regarding safe and memorable walks. Part of this is the ‘Mobility and Access The Outdoor Guide’ (AccessTOG) which catalogues accessible walks for wheelchair and powered wheelchair users, their families and friends. Full time TOG ambassador Debbie North is now using a WHILL to explore new destinations in the UK and abroad – all recorded on her blog and vlog supported by The Outdoor Guide.
Debbie from Cumbria is an inspirational character who has always loved hiking. Despite living with chronic spinal degeneration and the need for a wheelchair, Debbie continues to explore and catalogue many new walks annually. She is a published writer and popular motivational speaker. Debbie comments: “Since my major spinal surgery I have got stronger and will now continue fulfilling my passion for hill walking by using a TGA WHILL. My real passion is finding routes that are longer, higher and more challenging – all recorded in my blog; a real up close and personal insight, if you like, with hills, mountains and weather. Being part of Access TOG is fantastic and enables us to work as a team to bring more information to those with disabilities”.
Debbie continues: “The Whill is funky and fun! It is great vehicle for me to use. It travels smoothly over rough ground and has the ability to travel for miles on one charge. I’ve already had a great day out on a bridleway, taking the chair off road and to places that would otherwise be inaccessible. I love the way the seat moves so that I can sit comfortably under tables. Highly recommend the Whill.”
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director concludes: “We are proud to be working alongside ‘The Outdoor Guide with Julia Bradbury’ as it provides us with an unequalled opportunity to showcase the WHILL and its remarkable capabilities. Versatility and flexibility is becoming vitally important with mobility solutions as individuals wish to broaden their horizons whilst maintaining independence locally. The WHILL delivers the best of both worlds – unsurpassed manoeuvrability indoors and the power to tackle rougher terrain with stability. By working with TOG we can help more disabled people discover places to go that are accessible so enjoying the great outdoors in confidence is available to all.”