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To remove the physical, emotional & social complications overheating can cause to wheelchair users.
The very first wheelAIR was brought to life in 2015 by our Managing Director, Corien Staels, as her final university project during her textiles degree. Her university tutor, who was a wheelchair user, had told Corien of the problems associated with overheating. Corien thought… why don’t I solve that?
Looking into the issue of overheating further, Corien learned that overheating in a wheelchair is not only very uncomfortable, but also potentially dangerous. She learned that people were using ice-packs and water sprays keep cool. It seemed ridiculous to her that in this day and age, there wasn’t a technological solution.
So, she came up with the wheelAIR concept. A simple idea that has already made a lot of impact. The wheelAIR backrest cushion is designed to remove excess heat and moisture from the backs of wheelchair users and cool their core temperature. Not only this, the team based in Glasgow, Scotland are working hard to build a stylish brand that wheelchair users can relate to. The wheelAIR has been described as ‘a breath of fresh air’ in the industry.
Best of all, the wheelAIR is already changing lives. One user, Jay, told us when she first tried the wheelAIR that it was the first time in 20 years that she had been able to sit it in the sun without overheating. A momentous moment for both Jay and us.
Originally from Brazil, Samanta is a former Paralympic tennis player – she is now a model, influencer and public speaker living in London. She is a fashion icon, running a very successful blog and Instagram account. Samanta is committed to promoting inclusivity for those with disabilities & works with many organisations to do so.
She was keen to become a wheelAIR ambassador because she loves the product & believes in our ethical and inclusive values.
“wheelAIR is something that will change the game for wheelchair users”.
Born and bred in Scotland, Michael represented Great Britain at two Paralympics and three European Championships for Wheelchair Rugby. He now works and plays Rugby around Glasgow where he also has set up his new charity, the Michael Kerr Foundation which will provide fitness support for people with spinal cord injuries.
Because of his spinal injury, he has quite a bit of experience with overheating day-to-day. So as soon as he heard about wheelAIR he knew it would impact his life in a big way.
“When I first learnt about the benefits the wheelAIR could have for a huge number of chair users and especially for those with spinal cord injuries, I just had to get involved. It ticks all the boxes.”
Jay gives her views on the wheelAIR
Michael gives his views on the wheelAIR
Ryan gives his views on the wheelAIR