Disabled veterans’ champion visits Burnley

Inventor Colin Woods, Tony Hayes and Sean Bramley with the new wheelchair for injured veterans.
Inventor Colin Woods, Tony Hayes and Sean Bramley with the new wheelchair for injured veterans.

A veteran who has developed a specialist wheelchair for combat victims and disabled people visited Burnley with his invaluable invention.

Colin Wood, a member of the Veterans’ Association UK based in the Stoke area who also developed the blind rugby ball, visited his counterparts at International House in Burnley.

Tony Hayes, chief executive, said: “Colin developed the blind rugby ball and is involved with sports for children and disabled people.

“The wheelchair can move by body movement rather than pushing the wheels.

“Apart from the obvious used for disabled sportsmen and women we have been asked to work closely with him because of the obvious use to limbless veterans who have suffered severe amputations from injuries sustained in Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflicts.

“This wheelchair gives fantastic mobility to the user giving amputees a near normal life in terms of mobility and we believe through Colin’s wheelchair we can help severely injured soldiers. The chair will hopefully be in full production in the near future.”

Colin has donated three specialist rugby balls and the gloves which VAUK would like to donate to any local rugby club who train children or disabled people. They can contact Tony on 01282 219391.