1-3 June 2017, NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG
10am-5pm Thursday & Friday. 10am-4pm Saturday
4th April 2017
Stephanie Leaf, from East Yorkshire, is thrilled to have been appointed as Event Ambassador for the 2017 Mobility Roadshow, taking place at NAEC Stoneleigh, 1-3 June.
Organised by Goose Live Events on behalf of charity Mobility Choice, The Mobility Roadshow incorporating Get Going Live! is Europe’s largest independent living and accessible vehicle test-drive event. Visitors have the opportunity to test and compare the latest adapted vehicles, adapted steering controls and new mobility product innovations all in one location. The popular Get Going Live! feature focuses on the needs of young and novice disabled drivers aged 16 plus and offers the chance for all visitors to test drive a variety of vehicle adaptations, from basic push-pull controls to hi-tech options, including drive-from-wheelchair models. It provides essential advice for those seeking solutions to adapted driving for the first time and the chance to test drive vehicles under the supervision of professional drivers.
Stephanie, 25, has the rare and progressive Friedreich’s Ataxia disease which causes damage to the nervous system and affects coordination. A full-time wheelchair user, she has been a regular visitor to the annual Mobility Roadshow and Get Going Live! events, gaining crucial advice on vehicles with adaptations and mobility products for enhanced independence. An event ambassador for several years, Stephanie is delighted to be promoting this year’s Stoneleigh event and joins an inspirational group of enthusiastic volunteers who raise awareness of The Mobility Roadshow through their communities and network of contacts.
Stephanie comments: “Regularly attending Get Going Live! and The Mobility Roadshow has really helped me with choosing the most suitable adapted vehicle and adaptations for my house. I live independently in an accessible bungalow and I have spoken to so many specialist exhibitors at these events with expert advice on independent living. Plus, being able to find information about charities who can help with financial costs has been brilliant. As a Mobility Roadshow Ambassador, I hope to encourage other people living with restricted mobility to attend as there are so many benefits in doing so.”
In her spare time, Stephanie writes articles for Disabled Motoring UK magazine and plays powerchair football for The East Riding Electric Eels. She is also a committee member for the Eels which provides her with opportunities to help out at the club. Having been without an adapted vehicle for some time, Stephanie has just taken delivery of a drive-from-wheelchair vehicle and says The Mobility Roadshow has been invaluable in helping her decide on a suitable accessible vehicle that matched her requirements.
Stephanie comments: “Visiting The Mobility Roadshow has helped me in so many ways. Test-driving vehicles and talking to exhibitors about which vehicle adaptations and specialist controls can help me, has meant I am better informed as a result. Having a new car will enable me to have freedom once again and I am looking forward to being able to venture out on my own. It has different hand controls from my previous one and I’m looking forward to using these and experiencing something different. Previously, I had to arrange lifts and taxis in advance and my life felt so controlled. Now I’ll be able to drive myself to my powerchair football tournaments rather than just attending local training sessions. I’m even looking forward to being able to visit a supermarket instead of shopping online!”
Stephanie adds: “The free-to-attend Mobility Roadshow is the ideal place to research the many options available to help with restricted mobility. I’d love to share my advice, based on my own experience of acquiring a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, and I will be delighted to talk to Mobility Roadshow visitors at Stoneleigh this year.”