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Bedbound man was stuck at home for years with his cat - but this woman wasn't going to let that continue

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Bill Starkie had only left his Abergele home for hospital tests

A bedbound man who barely left his home for two years is now "seeing a brand new world" after one of his carers was inspired by his plight to take action.

Bill Starkie, 88, had only left his Abergele home to go for hospital tests, after he was left unable to walk due to various injuries he suffered while riding his beloved motorbike.

The former motorbike mechanic couldn't leave his home as the steps were too difficult for him to manoeuvre, and he only had his cat Bobby for company.

He said: "I have nobody apart from Bobby my cat, and until now the only human beings I saw were my carers.

"I felt like I didn't want to live, but I couldn't do away with myself as I couldn't give Bobby that trauma."

Mr Starkie's plight haunted his carer Vicky Bielby, from Colwyn Bay-based Sea Shells Ltd, and she was determined to do something about it.

The 46-year-old said: "Bill doesn't talk that much. He's a man of few words but, when I eventually discovered he hadn't been out of the house for two years, I was shocked and felt so sad for him."

She managed to get Conwy council to install a ramp, and an electric wheelchair was bought and new doors installed so that Mr Starkie now has access to the outside world.

"I can't thank Vicky enough, or RKS Mobility in Chester and Conwy Council," he said.

"I'm now free to do what I want to do. I'm now seeing a brand new world.

"I love seeing people when I'm out and about. I live near caravan sites and I just like watching what is going on.

"This has changed my life and I feel at peace."

Story by Mari Jones at North Wales News

RKS Acquires Manchester Mobility

RKS Ltd is pleased to announce the acquisition of Manchester Mobility. Ailsa & Bev see this as an exciting opportunity to further enhance their business within the rehabilitation, wheelchair and mobility market. With over 30 years of professional experience and, having
been established for over 11 years as a dealer, RKS Ltd is a leading provider of equipment for disabled people. Manchester Mobility equally has a wealth of experience and knowledge in its owner Dave Gaucas, who began working in the wheelchair industry over 45 years ago and who realised the importance of a bespoke and individual service for his clients. The joining of the two businesses will provide customers with the confidence and knowledge that service excellence will continue with the emphasis on a tailored approach to equipment
provision.

Over the next few months Dave Gaucas of Manchester Mobility will be working with RKS Ltd to make the transition smooth and seamless for all customers, new and existing. The merger will reinforce the existing expertise within both businesses. This is a thrilling prospect for all involved.

Manchester Mobility’s customers will continue to be provided with the high level of service they have been used to and will now be supported by the therapy, engineering and administrative team at RKS Ltd’s base, in Cheshire Oaks Trade Park. RKS Ltd has won numerous awards over the years for excellence in customer service and support. We are the only company nationally to have won a Motability customer service award for the last three consecutive years and continually strive to maintain these high standards.

RKS Ltd will take on responsibility for all servicing, warranty and reassessment needs for existing and new customers of Manchester Mobility and look forward to meeting and working with them. All parts, warranties and new products for Manchester Mobility will now be purchased from the suppliers by RKS Ltd. All parts, warranties and new products for Manchester Mobility will now be purchased from the suppliers by RKS Ltd.

For further information contact Tel: 0151 356 7007 Email: enquiries@rksot.co.uk

Disabled Manchester student Lauren navigates city and university thanks to cool TGA WHILL Powerchair from RKS

Lauren Peers, aged 20 from The Wirral, is revelling in her studies and social life through a new type of contemporary Japanese powered wheelchair supplied by Cheshire's RKS – a TGA WHILL Model C.

Co-owned by Ailsa Reston, OT. RKS Occupational Therapy Services is based in Ellesmere Port. Ailsa's business provides a comprehensive range of services and products to assist elderly and disabled people with independent mobility. Lauren has been an RKS customer for over a year as she has Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and other related conditions. 

Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a group of rare inherited conditions that affect connective tissue and can lead to many symptoms such as joint hypermobility, wide-spread chronic pain and restricted mobility. This means Lauren is a part-time wheelchair user as walking longer distances is very challenging. As her condition has progressed, using a self-propelling wheelchair has become difficult hence she has chosen a TGA WHILL to remain independent around campus and the city. Her pioneering powerchair is like no other mobility device – it is a technologically advanced TGA product with ultra-modern styling and world-leading manoeuvrability.

Lauren has been studying in her first year at the Manchester School of Art. Her WHILL and the support of RKS have been instrumental to Lauren’s ability to study and live student life as best she can: "RKS have been so supportive of me and Ailsa always understands my needs. When using my manual wheelchair was starting to get tough, I revisited RKS to see if they could recommend a powered alternative. The pavements can be terrible in Manchester, uneven and difficult to negotiate. I was regularly having to ask my friends to come and rescue me in town when I had run out of energy, it was terrible, I felt so bad. As soon as I saw the WHILL by TGA I fell in love with it – it's cool, modern and minimal. Ailsa fully assessed whether it would be suitable for me and following her clinical approval, I bought it. I now have the capabilities and peace of mind to travel all day long with an amazing battery range."

"Lauren continues: "I'm lucky that both my halls of residence and studios are only a few years old so access is really good. The Art School at Manchester is very impressive with spacious studios. Access is made even easier with my WHILL as its omni wheels provide such a tight turning circle. I can access my room and en-suite, communal kitchen, corridors and lifts in my halls with no problem. My friends think my powerchair is so cool and they love the remote-control app. This means I can transfer out of my WHILL in lecture theatres or when at the Students Union bar plus park my powerchair out of the way. When I move out of halls next year my student accommodation will not be as accessible but I feel confident that my WHILL will still make life so much better."

Lauren is a fan of live music and when her condition allows, she uses her WHILL Model C to attend local gigs and events. She can't drive however her powerchair can be quickly dismantled by friends and placed in a car boot which is a massive advantage. On arrival, the three lightweight constituent parts are simply clicked together for onward independence. Lauren is able to enjoy the best of Manchester's music scene at venues such as the Albert Hall, Apollo, Manchester Arena and Ritz.

The WHILL by TGA, as supplied by RKS, has been vital to Lauren fulfilling her student experience: "Without my WHILL I'd be lost. I've never owned a powerchair before but I'm pretty sure my WHILL would take some beating. It has so many fantastic features such as the numerical battery display so you know exactly how much power you have left; I can drive all day long with no worries. My friends tend to walk into town so I go with them, I have caught the bus a few times and taken my powerchair on-board. I benefit from quality time with my older brother who is also here at Manchester Uni. When my study workload isn't too much, I love nothing more than going out to bars and venues... Manchester is a great place to be a student, made even better with a WHILL Model C."

Motability-RKS Highly Commended 2018

RKS is proud to announce that we have once again achieved recognition for the high standards we set and provide to our customers. We have won a Motability Dealer award for the last 3 years. This is an award based on ongoing customer satisfaction scores and demonstrates our commitment to providing excellent service. We work hard all year round to achieve this and RKS fully appreciates the hard work of its employees in maintaining these standards.