Wheels up the Ben

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Last year, Sam ‘Wheels’ Harper-Miller, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, was carried up Snowdon by his friends. Now, the UWE Bristol Engineering Technical team have redesigned a wheelchair to allow him to conquer Ben Nevis.

Special mention to Doug Nash, our composites technician (seen here testing the chair), for the redesign of the base.

Sam and his friends made the trek up Snowdon, which he would not have been able to undertake without help, to raise money towards a new wheelchair. During the climb, Sam’s friends carried him for six hours on a stretcher, which they made themselves and integrated the top of a wheelchair.

The chair was uncomfortable and unstable, so the UWE Engineering Technical team have redesigned a new one with a bespoke composite frame and new seat – a special thank you to Cobra Seats Limited for helping with the seat and harness.

The next challenge the team plan to undertake is to reach the summit of Ben Nevis. For Sam, the mountain ascents are about far more than raising money, and with his new chair the next one should be much more comfortable.

UPDATE: We were very pleased to hear on 24/06/19 that Sam’s team successfully carried him up and down Ben Nevis the previous weekend. Videos and photos can be seen on the Wheels Up The Ben Facebook page. Congratulations to Sam and everyone involved!

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