Motivation was awarded a HIF grant in 2011 to design an innovative wheelchair that will specifically meet needs which are not currently being met. Appropriate, affordable, lightweight, ‘emergency wheelchairs’ are essential in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. They offer a temporary solution upon which longer term, sustainable wheelchair provision can develop.

Getting emergency wheelchairs out there – thoughts from the Philippines


Valentin Tocut, travelled to the Philippines on December 1st as part of the Johanniter International Assistance emergency response. Johanniter is one of Motivation’s partner organisations in the emergency wheelchair project,…

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Emergency Response Wheelchairs sent to the Philippines


Copyright Johanniter/Paul Hahn. Today we have reached the milestone of seeing the first deployment of Motivation’s Emergency Response Wheelchair. A few hours ago our partner, Johanniter International Assistance, loaded 50…

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Fun with filming


We’ve recently been filming training videos to support the Emergency Response Wheelchair Training package. These videos are designed to reinforce the information taught in the training course, particularly as the…

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Field Trials in Pakistan


The first group of emergency wheelchair prototypes are undergoing field trials in Pakistan at the moment. Seeing a new prototype being used is always really exciting, and we’re really looking…

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Testing Times


Over the last month, we have been concentrating on testing the emergency wheelchair design to make sure it is strong enough and performs well. There are a number of ways…

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Planning and Preparedness in Kathmandu


I am writing this as the plane begins its climb up above the peaks of the Himalayas and the immense city of Kathmandu shrinks beneath us. But I’ve been hearing…

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Design Decisions with Handicap International


Sarah Sheldon- Programme Coordinator, Motivation The meetings last week with our partner in this project Handicap International were really productive. Handicap International has 30 years of experience of working with…

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Trialling Types of Tubes and Tyres


Sarah Sheldon- Programme Coordinator, Motivation Over the years Motivation has found wheelchair users in the places we work prefer pneumatic inner tubes to solid tyres. Although they can last a…

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From Design Brief to a Prototype


Sarah Sheldon- Programme Coordinator, Motivation With 34 years of wheelchair design experience between them, engineer Stefan Constantinescu and industrial designer Chris Rushman are more than capable of resolving the inherent…

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Latest small grant award: Appropriate and affordable emergency wheelchairs


Lucie Pannell- Programme Coordinator, Motivation You’ll have seen the distressing news coverage of the famine in East Africa – the worst food crisis in 60 years. Hundreds of thousands of…

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