Addressing Mobility Issues – The Belford Transfer Lift
on 03/07/2012 10:01 am
Here at Caravanchat, we’re pleased to bring you news about an extremely useful product aimed at assisting caravanners and motorhomers who have mobility difficulties.
Brothers Jim and John Little have been caravan and motorhome enthusiasts for a long time, enjoying many family holidays around the UK over the years. When Jim’s wife Carol was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, they didn’t want their love of outdoor touring holidays to stop, but as Carol’s condition progressed, it became more difficult for her to gain access to their motorhome, even with Jim’s help.
Jim got together with his brother John, an engineer, and together they started work on finding a solution. As a result, they developed The Belford Transfer Lift.
The lift fits in the doorway of a motorhome or caravan and gives wheelchair users access without the need for any modifications.
John recently spoke to The Northumberland Gazette.“It was never built as a commercial venture,” he said. “It was built out of necessity.”
Now the Belford Transfer Lift is available commercially, and the brothers have been travelling to trade shows around the UK, including the NEC at Birmingham and the Mobility Roadshow in Peterborough to demonstrate the product using a demonstration model and prototype fitted to Jim’s motorhome.
“They get to see how it works, and it certainly works that’s for sure,” said John.
“And the best thing is that you don’t have to alter the vehicle, so if you sell it you can sell it as a standard caravan or motorhome.”
And for anyone who is registered disabled it’s VAT-free.
“We have actually got a patent application in and they are saying there’s nothing like it anywhere in the world. The interest has been absolutely great, but it’s now about converting a brand new item into sales. We are looking into advertising and marketing now.”
The company has also had interest from the NHS with regards for its use by carers and other workers.
“I have learnt a lot since we started the shows,” he said.The main thing is that you have to be sensitive and be careful about what you say. Everyone’s different. It was hard work at the show at the NEC in Birmingham but in a strange way I really enjoyed it.
“When they opened the doors on the first day, it was like a stampede.”
To see the lift in action, click on the video below.
For more information, visit their website at: http://www.belfordtransferlift.com