What’s coming up this week

Naidex News

With Naidex only a couple of days away, here’s some bits to know ready for the show – including our first look, the latest bits of news and some tips for an enjoyable show.  Obviously though, if you haven’t registered – avoid the queues, get registered so you can print your badge and go in.  Meanwhile, lets get on with whats going to happen this week

First look – Wednesday Morning

We’ll be broadcasting on our Facebook Page live from the show – you can follow us and watch our live look around the show through our Facebook Page on Tuesday morning, around 09:30.  We’ll be able to give you the latest information, including a sneaky look around.  Don’t forget – share the post and get others to see what’s going on too!  You never know what’s going to happen…

RGK announce a new product

We knew they had something else up there sleeves, but how do you top announcing that Sir Philip Craven MBE will be speaking at your 30th birthday Naidex event?  Well, I think they did it – RGK put this on their Facebook on Friday morning:

The Octane Sub4 is the world's first made to measure Titanium wheelchair guaranteed under 4kg… But what are the benefits…

Posted by RGK Wheelchairs on Friday, 20 April 2018

And then a competition…

It wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without a party game and a prize…Do you want a chance to win a set of Spinergy…

Posted by RGK Wheelchairs on Friday, 20 April 2018

Dominic has tried the Carbon Blade wheels and they are really light weight.  We’re excited to see the new Octane Sub4, especially since the Sub4 we’ve had here this past week is under 4kg without the wheels.

The light weight will be great for those who need something that they can easily lift without a struggle, for example with myasthenia or muscular dystrophy.  It’s also good where core strength or ability is limited.  Ultimately though, we’ll give you our verdict as soon as we can.  Meanwhile, you can visit the RGK team at stand 8210.

Plan your day at Naidex

So, Naidex is a great show that is open from 10:00 until 17:00, so you’ve got 7 hours of independent living to soak up each day.  Here’s some of our tips for managing through a long day at #Naidex44…

There is always a queue at 10:00, so if you can space your arrival out a little, aim for 11:00hrs.   Likewise, there are always queues at lunch – so try to get some food a little earlier or later if you want to avoid a rush.  If you have special dietary needs, you may want to bring a packed lunch, so don’t panic – there is a lot of seating around inside and out of the halls.

Parking is really easy – head for Gate 3 and then follow the directions disabled parking at Hall 16.  It’s free for Blue Badge holders.  If you’re coming by train, it’s a 10-20 minute walk if you’re able to move at around 2-3mph.  You’re headed for halls 6-7, so just follow the signs and head on in.

Other great tips include pacing yourself, plan breaks and keep some water with you.  Don’t feel pressured into drinking less because of hunting for a loo either – there’s a high dependency toilet unit with changing places too, as well as the toilets in and around the halls at Naidex.

If you’re not sure about pacing, why not read this great article by our friendly OT specialist, Jo Southall, where she gives great advice about how to managing limited energy.

Visit our stand and say hello

We’ll be at stand 11270 – come and say hello to us.  We’ll also be able to help you find the latest reviews and sign in to add your voice to our reviews.

See you at the show!

A wheelchair user for 20 years, Dominic looks at how a wheelchair works for its user base, not the brochure. Dominic is our lead editor.

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