This entry was posted in General September 10, 2021
As the saying goes, “you wait ages for a bus and then two of them come along at once”- well we are thrilled to announce that two new Ableworld store openings have taken place today in Queensferry and Blackpool.
Our Ableworld Queensferry and Ableworld Blackpool stores come as our 37th and 38th numbered stores, and are exciting additions to our store presence in the North West area. As mobility superstores, both are spacious and airy, and stock our full range of mobility products and also feature Engineering units for our extensive range of servicing options.
There is ample free customer parking available at both stores, and both are located on main roads with bus routes, making them easy to get to and comfortable to visit. At both stores you can be sure of a warm welcome from Store Manager Craig in Queensferry, and Store Manager Angela in Blackpool, with our friendly teams on hand and ready to help with any queries you or a loved one may have. All of our teams are fully trained and will provide you the best advice and give product demonstrations to ensure you are getting the right product for your individual needs.
Across all of our 38 stores we currently have our 20th Birthday Sale taking place, with fantastic savings on many of our larger product ranges. If you are looking to purchase any mobility equipment then we urge you to pop into store before 26th September to shop whilst these offers are on.
Both our Queensferry and Blackpool teams are very excited to meet lots of local residents and form partnerships with local businesses too. Both stores are open 9am -5.30pm Monday to Saturday, with our Blackpool store also open 10am-4pm on Sundays. If you would like further information about our stores, or the products we stock then please either visit us in store or get in touch with the following store details:
We are delighted to announce that we are expanding our Ableworld store map once again with two new stores opening on 10th September located in Queensferry, North Wales and Blackpool.
The stores will become the 37th and 38th in the Ableworld Group, and a welcome addition alongside our Chester and Southport stores in the North West. Both new stores will stock the full range of mobility products as well as a large stairlift demonstration area, to accommodate all customer’s needs. As with all other stores, they will offer the same outstanding customer service, as well as providing first-class engineering and servicing work.
Queensferry will be the 4th Ableworld store in North Wales and aims to provide a local service for the surrounding area in addition to our Chester, Wrexham, Llandudno and Rhyl stores.
Blackpool is an additional Joint Venture store with Barry Pearson following on from his store success stories in Hyde, Salford, Southport, St Helens, Wavertree, and Wigan. Barry will be opening the new Blackpool store and taking up this exciting new venture in a highly popular location.
Both new large stores will open whilst our celebratory 20-year Birthday Sale is on until 26th September. There are some superb sale offers available in all stores and online for the Birthday Sale, including £200 off all Road scooters and Riser recliner chairs from only £299*.
Mike Williams, Managing Director at Ableworld explained “We are very much looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming all existing and new customers into both new stores.
We pride ourselves on helping to support vulnerable people, never more so than staying open all the way through Covid which meant we were able to get products out to the people who needed them. Opening additional stores enables us to extend our services to more customers and support the local community”.
After a full day of filming, weeks of editing, and a whole month of preparation, we are very happy to announce that our new TV advert is finally live. If you haven't already seen it then take a look on our Ableworld Youtube.
We have been keen to trial TV advertising for a while, and after careful planning and preparation we recently decided to take the leap.
We filmed the TV advert at our spacious Ableworld Stafford store, where we were able to comfortably film around our large ranges of mobility products. The Director of the advert, Peter Blumer from Bauer Create, “fell in love” with the store the moment he saw a picture of it. He immediately had a vision of how he wanted the advert to feel and what shots he wanted in order to produce an engaging story board.
Ceri Dixon, our Senior Marketing Manager, said “We had so much fun on the day of filming, the actors, our staff and the filming company were all great at making sure we portrayed what Ableworld is really about.
“We feel the advert captures our ethical approach to mobility equipment, and friendly atmosphere extremely well!”
As well as our well stocked and immaculate store, we were lucky to have our fantastic store staff and willing volunteers feature within the advert, some of which you may recognise from our Ableworld Hanley or Newport stores.
Overall we are delighted with the result of our TV advert, and hope you enjoy watching it too. We would love to hear any feedback you may have, simply email us at [email protected]
At Ableworld we were delighted to surprise some of their lovely customers with unexpected gestures, to tie in with Random Acts of Kindness Week from 14th February to 20th February. Across our UK stores, we planned a variety of organised surprises.
The random gestures we made recently reflect the caring solutions that we aim to fulfil on a day-to-day basis, and what better way to do this than during Random Acts of Kindness week to some of our loyal customers.
One of our customers that we were thrilled to be able to surprise was Mr Wall-Ping in Rhyl. Our Engineer Scott surprised the gentleman with a lovely bouquet of flowers upon arrival. Mr Wall-Ping was overjoyed with his surprise!
Following this Random Act of Kindness for Mr Wall-Ping, our Ableworld Rhyl store were delighted to receive a thank you letter from Dr James Davies MP, Member of Parliament for the Vale of Clwyd. Dr James Davies understands “the past 12 months have been undoubtedly been difficult for us all” and therefore was extremely pleased to hear that Ableworld “have been raising spirits by carrying out random acts of kindness for your customers in recent weeks.”
The Member of Parliament for the Vale of Clwyd thanks Ableworld for “thinking of others and for the caring service that Ableworld provides generally.”
Our Rhyl store manager Craig said “The Ableworld Rhyl team would like to thank Dr James Davies MP for acknowledging all of our hard work and tremendous effort to continually support the local and wider community. It is important to always be approachable while having an empathetic ear and to ensure we can help keep our customers remain independent for longer, whether this is in their own homes, sheltered accommodation, care home or even if they are just visiting the seaside and need to hire a wheelchair or scooter. If any of our customers are unable to visit the store, they can contact us via telephone or email to get the advice they need. We also offer free home demonstrations on many of our products, whether it’s a wheelchair, walker, mobility scooter or even a riser recliner. We are always happy to help.”
We were delighted to receive this letter from a local MP, as it was great to be acknowledged for even our small acts of kindness throughout the difficult lockdown times.
Our friendly North Wales stores are always on hand to help with any mobility or stairlift queries. Our North Wales stores can be found at:
Mrs Meadows from Gloucester is our latest lucky winner who has won back the cost of her Rascal 388XL Road Scooter!
In our Summer Sale, here at Ableworld we ran a competition to ‘Win back the cost of your Road Scooter’, which meant that ALL customers who purchased a road scooter during our Summer Sale were automatically entered into the FREE draw.
After purchasing her new Rascal 388XL Road scooter in our Ableworld Gloucester store, Mrs Meadows was then randomly selected as our lucky winner. Our Gloucester team were delighted to present Mrs Meadows with her winners cheque, where she was delighted to get her £1295 back that she paid for her scooter, saying it was such a pleasant surprise and she can’t wait to treat herself! We hope you enjoy spending your winnings Mrs Meadows.
In all of our Ableworld stores we offer customers a wide range of products including larger items such as mobility scooters, wheelchairs, adjustable beds and rise and recline chairs but also many smaller items to help with those everyday tasks. Whilst also holding a wide range of products to help with bathing, toileting and dressing. Our team of engineers are also on hand to install stairlifts and service scooters. Whatever the product, our aim is to help people to lead easier, more comfortable and independent lives.
During these difficult times, our store teams are on hand to arrange a contactless delivery if required, with free home delivery available, subject to value and distance.
If you have any questions regarding equipment or if you need any advice please call your local Ableworld store and our teams will be more than happy to help!
Our Ableworld Northwich team were delighted to be able to help a local customer, Andrew Matzen, in his quest to help a local care home in Winsford recently.
Brothers Andrew and Chris Matzen have set about raising money for Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, in honour of their Dad, Ronald Matzen. Ronald was a resident at Elmhurst Care Centre when he passed away, and to show their support to the care home, Andrew, Chris and Grandson Lewis wanted to thank them for taking such great care of him.
When Andrew contacted Elmhurst to see what supplies they needed, he was made aware that they have a shortage of cushions for their residents, and need an additional 50 to have enough for all residents. Andrew then got in contact with our Ableworld Northwich store to see if there was anything our team could do to support his mission. It was our pleasure that our Northwich team were able to offer a discount on the required cushions to help support this great cause.
With the money raised from their Dads funeral, Andrew and Chris were able to purchase a total of 23 Cushions from Ableworld for Elmhurst Care Home. Nurses Amy, Debbie and Emma were extremely thankful for this kind donation and said it will really help their residents.
Our Ableworld Northwich team were pleased to be able to deliver the cushions to Elmhurst recently (at a distance!) and meet Andrew and his lovely family, along with the wonderful staff at the Care Centre.
Andrew has now made it his mission to raise the money and provide his local care home with the remaining cushions needed. On Saturday 13th February 2021 Andrew is hosting a karaoke event for Elmhurst Care Home on the ‘NHS Blue Nose Day / Covid Aid’ Facebook page. The event will be starting at 13.30 and will feature live karaoke singing for 8 hours. All information on how to donate will be located on the NHS Blue Nose Day Facebook page.
Ann, Store Manager at Ableworld Northwich said “We are really pleased we could help Andrew in his mission to support a local care home, it is a lovely thing to do. We are proud be able to play a small part in helping our local community through this difficult time, and wish Andrew every success.”
We are privileged to be a part of Andrew, Chris and Lewis’ journey in raising money in Ronald’s honour, and look forward to tuning into the Karaoke event on Saturday 13th February.
With the current lockdown restrictions, social distancing measures can leave people feeling lonely within their home.
Charity Age UK estimates that “two million people in England over the age of 75 live alone. While more than one million say they can go for more than a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member. Research suggests the effects of loneliness and isolation can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.” – mentioned in a recent Which? article.
Here at Ableworld we have therefore researched 5 ways to keep your loneliness and negative feelings at bay during these diffuclt times for us all.
1. Stick to a routine
Most importantly you should stick to a daily routine. If you can try and get up at a reasonable same time every day and tackle some chores then it will keep your mind active and busy. Make time to relax and enjoy your hobbies too - this is great for mental health.
2. Get active indoors
It is proven that exercise can lift your mood, it can encourage the release of your body’s ‘Feel-good chemicals’ called endorphins. There are plenty of exercises you can do from a seated position if you are unable to stand. Take a look at the NHS Sitting Exercises article.
3. Reach out to your Family, Friends and Neighbours
As many of us are unfortunately unable to see our loved ones at the moment, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep in touch with them and continue with that interaction. There are plenty of ways of keeping in touch, even a simple email or text can make a big difference. You could even write a letter to somebody. There are also many Video calling platforms you can try, such as Facetime for apple users, WhatsApp Video, Zoom, Skype and many more.
4. Make new connections.
You could turn lockdown into a great opportunity to make new friends. There are plenty of groups you can join on Social Media to help you gain new friends with similar interests. For example, if you enjoy gardening, there is a Which? Gardening Facebook group where you can chat online with other people with gardening interests.
5. Ask for help
If you are experiencing loneliness, please don’t suffer in silence. There are a lot of friendly volunteers out there that you can chat to if you’re feeling isolated.
Try Silver Line: 0800 470 80 90. The Silver Line is a free confidential telephone helpline offering information, friendship and advice to older people in the United Kingdom, available 24 hours a day.
We hope you find our tips and advice helpful during these difficult times. If you do have any queries then please feel free to contact your local Ableworld store team as we will be more than happy to help.
In the meantime, stay safe and we hope to see you soon.