Able Magazine is proud to be the official Disability Media Partner of the Remap Awards 2018! We are also looking forward to presenting The Able Magazine Award at this year’s awards!

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. At their annual awards celebration on 27th June next week in London, Remap will recognise some of the best projects of the last year.

Award winning projects include:

Rollator for amputee
A rollator modified for an amputee. Having only one hand and lower arm, Eilian could not use the recommended three-wheeled rollator safely. Remap 3D printed a cup for his residual limb and the brakes 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 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 organised by Back Up Trust – a charity that supports people with a spinal cord injury. 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!

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 over 70 groups across England and Wales 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 at or phone the national office on 01732 760209.