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TGA WHILL Model C Powerchair wins seventh prestigious accolade – BHTA Independent Living Design Award


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

Now in its 23rd year, the Independent Living Design Award is recognised by members of the healthcare trade as the flagship title that highlights the very best in innovation. Manufacturers, designers and retailers were invited to nominate products they believed to have significantly enhanced independent living. TGA entered its pioneering WHILL Model C with clear 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 is unlike any other electric wheelchair. It can be dismantled into three manageable components for easy transportation and its omni wheels provide the tightest feasible turning circle for ultimate versatility. Combined with touch-sensitive ‘mouse style’ steering, remote control app and appealing aesthetics, the beautifully engineered WHILL Model C delivers a new level of self-assured independence.

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.


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