WHILL Model C, the multi award-winning powered wheelchair from TGA, has received another prestigious accolade – the BHTA Independent Living Design Award 2018.

Now in its 23rd year, the Independent Living Design Award highlights the best in product innovation.

Manufacturers, designers and retailers were invited to nominate products they believed to have significantly enhanced independent living. TGA entered its WHILL Model C with justification regarding how and why it has excelled in all award criteria.

TGA’s success was announced at the BHTA’s annual black-tie awards dinner, which was held at the Alton Towers Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent. Simon Weston CBE, the inspirational host for the evening, presented the award to Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director, alongside key members from the TGA team.

Working on behalf of the BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association), an expert panel of judges deemed WHILL Model C exceptional in terms of: Enabling independence, Improving quality of life, Innovation, Price accessibility, Ease of use and Aesthetic appeal.

Exclusively supplied by TGA in the UK, WHILL Model C can be dismantled into three manageable components for easy transportation and its omni wheels provide the tightest feasible turning circle for versatility.

Additional features include touch-sensitive ‘mouse style’ steering and a remote-control app.

On receipt of the award, Daniel Stone commented: “2018 has been a remarkable year for our customers, WHILL Model C and TGA. WHILL Model C has now won seven prestigious awards but more importantly, it has empowered style-conscious people with disabilities to achieve more from life through pioneering practicality and aesthetics.

“Our remarkable powerchair focuses on enhancing self-esteem and confidence whilst delivering levels of inclusion and accessibility never seen before in the UK.

“We are delighted as a business to have won the BHTA Independent Living Design Award for the third time as it reiterates our commitment to innovation. This latest accolade is testament to WHILL Model C’s exceptional Japanese design and proven ability to change peoples’ lives.”

This BHTA Independent Living Design Award is the latest addition to WHILL Model C’s collection of awards which includes: the CES 2018 Innovation Award, If Design Award, International Design Excellence Award, Japan’s Good Design Award, ‘Best of the Best’ Red Dot Award (healthcare category) and TIME Best Innovation.

The BHTA is the UK’s oldest and largest healthcare association founded in 1917 and has almost 500-member companies who manufacture or supply assistive products.

TGA is a long-standing member of the Association, which means it conforms to its Code of Practice overseen by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI).

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