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Providing Equipment to Aid Independence

Written by David Martin, Chief Executive, Remap

Remap is a charity that helps disabled people achieve greater independence and quality of life. It has a network of skilled volunteers who design and make bespoke equipment for individuals and provide this free of charge.

There’s lots of good equipment on the market, but often there’s nothing quite right for people.

In these situations, Remap fills the gap where no suitable equipment is available commercially.

Equipment and gadgets are provided for young or old alike. In any situation where you can’t find the right gadget, contact Remap!

Here are a couple of examples of recent projects....

Rollator for Amputee

Having only one hand and lower arm, Eilian could not use the recommended three-wheeled rollator safely.

Remap fixed the problem by making a device on a 3D printer which cups his residual limb. The brakes were made to work from a single handle.

Vision System

Rupert Powell, a volunteer at Remap York designed a vision system for Ian, who has very impaired vision – he can only see a few inches and wanted to watch live football.

Rupert modified a VR-Headset to incorporate an LCD video display, image processing computer and camera!

Whatever the camera picks up is presented on the screen in front of his eyes, so that Ian can now follow the action from the touchline.

Church Steps Handrail

A volunteer at Remap Coventry designed a built a special handrail for one of the oldest churches in the Midlands.

The handrail can be fitted to, and removed from the church door without marking it in any way, making this the ideal accessibility solution for a listed building.


Narrowboat Wheelchair

Elaine Smith uses a wheelchair as she has Motor Neurone Disease, but this would not fit on the family narrowboat.

Remap Derby made a special wheeled frame, to which an ordinary chair could be fitted, allowing her to move freely when on board.

Range Rover Helping Handle

This gadget was devised for Bob Crump, a paraplegic who enjoys off-road driving but was having difficulty moving from his wheelchair to the car seat.

The handle clips onto the vehicle’s door hinges to provide a stable handle, helping Bob get himself in and out of the car independently.

The Snowdon Push

The challenge here was to help wheelchair user Rosie get to the top of Mount Snowdon as part of a fund-raising challenge.

Fred Harrison from Remap Cambridge modified a wheelchair using parts of an old BMX bike, adding a pushing frame.

Rosie and a team of pushers and pullers reached the summit and raised almost £20,000!

Bathroom Standing Platform

Margaux has skeletal dysplasia (dwarfism) and was unable to use the bathroom washbasin independently.

Remap made her a step unit that has big steps and a platform to stand on.

The steps can be folded away close to the sink unit when she’d done, so mum and dad can reach the sink too.

Can Remap help you?

Everything they do is provided free of charge and made to your exact needs.

You can read more about Remap’s work on the website at and discover more about this remarkable charity.

There’s a contact page on the website to help you find your nearest group – with groups across the country there should be one near you.


Remap is a charity that provides custom-made equipment for disabled people of all ages, free of charge.

For over 50 years, Remap has helped thousands of disabled people to live more independently.

It has a network of over 70 groups across England and Wales, so there is probably help near you. 

For more information, visit the Remap website: or

Telephone the national office on 01732 760209.

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