Did you know CHAIN has a ‘Chairman’? This is
a specially adapted vehicle for use by
people confined to a wheelchair,
whereby the wheelchair, complete with passenger, is
rolled into the back
of the car and taken wherever they need to go. It accommodates
passenger and one more on a rather small seat..
FIAT DOBLO Easy Multijet MPV. 1.6 Diesel, Automatic, modified
The ‘Chairman’ is well used and most days is booked
for regular weekly trips, visits to the Stroke Clubs in Newbury and Marlborough
and shopping and the Day Centre.
Occasionally it is used at weekends – two people use it fairly regularly
on a Sunday to take their spouses home for Sunday lunch to give them a break
from residential care. Whereas there are a few slots free during the week
when we could take other passengers who maybe need a trip to the hospital
or dentist, our main problem is finding sufficient drivers.
Most of our drivers also drive their own cars for CHAIN
or drive the Handybus and we do feel there are times when we test their
good nature to the limit by asking them to drive more often than we would
We really could do with more people who are willing and able
to transport those in a wheelchair and who have a few hours free during
the week in which they are able to do this. You do not have to volunteer
to drive on a regular basis – even one drive a month would be a great
help. There is no age limit to driving the Chairman and there is a winch
to load and unload the wheelchair.
All that is needed is a clean driving licence and a few hours
a week or month that you could spare. CHAIN
would very much appreciate any help you could give, and if you would like
more information please click on the contacts list on the left. Thank you.
If you would like to have a trial run before committing yourself
further to CHAIN, please
contact the office (open Mon to Fri 9am to11am) and they will be delighted
to arrange it for you.