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Throwback….Stairlift Company Gives Back To The Community With Free Stairlift

Bob with Dawn on her new stairlift.

This week we’ve been reminiscing on our 2015 campaign that saw us give away a free stairlift to deserving candidates. Here is one of our case studies:

“Gloucestershire-based Dawn Chappell, an ex-dancer who is now wheelchair bound, has received a free fully fitted stairlift from national stairlift company, A1 Stairlift Services.

Dawn was nominated by her friend for Yorkshire-based A1 Stairlift’s 12 month ‘Give Something Back to the Community’ campaign. The company is giving away one free fully fitted straight stairlift a month to deserving cases and is calling for nominations.

Dawn, 37, from Lydney was the chosen nominee in May. She was a professional dancer but due to the debilitating disease, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, she is now wheelchair-bound and struggles to get around her house.

Following a fall down her stairs recently, she was admitted back to hospital, where she was diagnosed with MS. She said: “I’m so grateful to A1 Stairlifts for fitting a stairlift for me completely free of charge. It’s been a difficult time and knowing I can now easily get up and down stairs in my own home has made things that bit easier – especially following a recent fall, it has given me peace of mind.”

A1 Stairlift’s director, Bob Dunne, who fitted the stairlift, said: “Dawn was definitively a deserving case as at the young age of 37, her independence has been taken away from her. We’re pleased that we could do something to help and make it easier for her to fully use her home. We’re calling for more people to come forward and nominate deserving cases as part of our mission to give something back to our community.”

 

FEBRUARY SPECIAL OFFER

For the month of Valentine’s, we’ve decided to treat our customers to a special mobility scooter service offer. For this month only, we’re giving away a free bag with all mobility scooter services booked in.

Call into the showroom now on 0800 6785261 or visit us on South Street Keighley to book your service in and make sure your wheels are in tip-top condition for the warmer months.

The bag hooks onto the back of the chair providing great, flexible storage. You can remove it and take it with you when you head to the shops and then simply hook it on the back when you’re done.

Don’t miss out on this special offer!

 

A1 Stairlift Services Sponsor Broughton Road bowling club

A1 Stairlift Services’ and Easystair Mobility is proud to sponsor the Rycroft A1 Stairlifts’ trophy – the largest prize money event in the Airewharfe Bowling 2017 League.

The event is to be held at Broughton Road bowling club dates available in Airewharfe handbook and online. A1 stairlifts’ employee and bowler Gary Bottomley has bowled with Broughton Road Bowling Club for the past 18 years.

Broughton Road Bowling Club is open to new members and has a selection of bowls to use for anyone wishing to give it a try. Said Gary: “I’m very happy  A1 Stairlifts’ and Easystair Mobility can help promote bowls in this area. And I’m looking forward to this being a big and successful day.”

BRBC will have a team entered in the Airewharfe league played on Saturdays. We wish them all the success and sunny weather for the coming season.

Pictured is Gary with team captain, Brian Gore.

 

Employee Spotlight

Name: Nicola Metcalfe

About: Nicola is a mum of two boys Kieran 16 and Riley 13. She is our maintenance and service manager and has been a valued member of the team for nearly four years.

Nicola is a Christmas-maniac and already has the team counting down until Santa next comes. She loves spending time with her family and attending the many football games her boys play in. She also loves watching the darts. She looks forward to hearing from you.

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Supermarket Eases Stress For Elderly

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Our elderly customers welcome this news

There’s been a news story out this week that Sainsbury’s is trailing a ‘slow shopping afternoon’ in its Gosforth store in Newcastle. What do you think to that?

We love the idea. We work with elderly people day in, day out and understand how distressing venturing outside can be for them – particularly to busy or crowded places. Offering some respite with the supermarket shop seems like a forward-thinking concept to us.

What does this mean for the elderly?

The idea is that between 1-3pm every Tuesday, a member of staff from the Sainsbury’s store will be on hand during this time to assist the elderly person with their shopping. They are encouraged to take their time and not feel pressured or rushed. For those who struggle to stand for periods of time will find chairs at the end of the aisles where they can rest throughout.

We find this refreshing as we often hear from our customers how they find shopping stressful, tiring and hard work. But at the same time, we know that many want to maintain their independence, and doing the weekly shop is one occasion that they enjoy. Sainsbury’s has always been a pioneer in catering to the elderly market – all staff are well trained in dealing with people with disabilities or the aged.  We hope to see this kind of service expand, not only across Sainsbury’s but other supermarkets and department stores.

So what are your thoughts – is this something you ‘d like to see in your local store? Do you have an elderly family member that would benefit from this? We have a Facebook page, why not join us in this discussion there?

Jobs Available at A1 Stairlifts

A1 Stairlift Services is expanding and we’re in need of stairlift engineers at all levels, office administration staff and mobility sales.

Engineers:

Experience preferred but we offer in-house training.

If you are hard-working, have an eye for detail, ambitious, have good customer service skills and want to be part of a growing, successful team, then this is the place for you. The role involves travelling the UK. The ideal candidate needs to be highly motivated and use own initiative.  Full clean UK driving license preferred.

Office administration

Our growing business needs organised office staff to help manage the business successfully. It’s a busy office and the team is looking for hard working, highly organised administrators for smooth day-to-day operation. Need to have good computer skills, writing skills and good customer service skills.

Mobility sales

As part of the growing mobility arm of our business, we’re looking for sales people to work within the mobility showroom. The candidate needs to be good with customers, have a good understanding of the mobility market and manage the showroom from ensuring all products are well displayed and that the showroom is a friendly and welcoming environment for customers.

For more information, send your CV to headoffice@a1stairlifts.co.uk

New Unit and Mobility Showroom

 

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Fiona and Nicci hiding in the new office

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Stairlift and Mobility Expansion

Keighley-based stairlift and mobility specialists, A1 Stairlift Services, has expanded with a new town centre unit.

Adding to its existing site on South Street Keighley, the firm has taken on a new unit on Marley Street to streamline its UK-wide stairlift and mobility services.

A1 Stairlift’s md, Simon Harrison, said: “It’s been an exciting year for the business. We’ve had to take on a new unit and make new appointments to accommodate the growth of the business.

“The site on Marley Street has allowed us to develop a smoother system for preparing stairlifts and it’s given us more office space for the growing head office and administration team. Thanks to the success of our mobility products arm, we’re now using the South Street site to create a bigger showroom.”

The existing showroom

The existing showroom on South Street will now be refurbished and extended to host a full range of products for people to try before they buy including new and reconditioned mobility scooters, adjustable beds, rise and recline chairs, stairlifts and everyday living aids.

A1 Stairlift Services specialises in reconditioned stairlifts making them more accessible to those that can’t afford a new one. The company also offers a stairlift recycling service, stairlift repairs and servicing and

Visit here for more info

Employee Spotlight – Dell Metcalfe

Name: Dell Metcalfe

About: Dell is our warehouse manager and experienced engineer. If you order a stairlift from us, it’s up to Dell to ensure all the parts are in place and in working order. An experienced engineer, Dell knows all there is to know about stairlifts and mobility scooters and has been with the A1 team for over three years.

He’s a cheeky chappy who always has a smile and joke for the team. He has one daughter, loves a good curry and enjoys travelling abroad for his holidays – as pictured here relaxing on a family holiday in Egypt.

Linda’s Kitchen – Heart Warming Corn Beef Hash

 

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On a cold February’s evening, there is nothing better than a nice easy to make, hearty winter warmer for dinner. Here our very own in-house chef (and office multi-tasker), Linda talks us through her famous corn beef hash.

Here are the list of ingredients that you will need:

One tin of corned beef roughly chopped

One tin of baked beans

12oz of boiled cubed potatoes

Large onion diced

Cup of beef stock (cube)

Large squirt of tomato puree

Several splashes of Worcester sauce

Large pinch of dried mixed herbs

Season to taste with salt and pepper

Method:

This dish is very simple to make which is great if you don’t want to fuss about in the kitchen too long or if you’re in a rush to go somewhere. It’s also a great dish if you have friends, family or the grandchildren over as you can make it in one pot.

So here goes….

  1. Fry onion to soften and add all the other ingredients.
  2. Mix together and gently heat through until the potatoes start to break down. Make sure it is piping hot before serving.

Simples!

Here’s my tasty tip: best served with a poached egg or lovely Yorkshire puddings.

Enjoy!

I’m looking for stairlift rentals…

Stairlift rentalHere at A1 Stairlift Services we come across many situations when fitting stairlifts and some of those cases only require a temporary measure which is why we offer stairlift rentals.

Whether it’s in between moving house, trialing a stairlift to see if it works for you, you want a more flexible and cost-effective solution, or if you have a terminally ill family member and don’t want the cost of installing a permanent stairlift, then you can rent from us.

Up to date models

We have a wide range of new and reconditioned stock to choose from when it comes to our stairlift rentals. When you first enquire, one of our fully trained engineers will complete a full survey of your stairs for free so that we can provide you with the right stairlift for your home and needs. All of our stairlift rentals come with call out and maintenance service within 24 hours included in the rental charge.

All rented stairlifts are fitted with folding manual swivel seat, fully upholstered and with remote controls. Powered seats, hinges and footrests are available. If you decide you want to buy your stairlift rental at any point, then all we do is deduct your down payment from the cost of your stairlift.

To find out more about our terms and prices, visit our stairlift rentals page here or please phone 0800 678 5261 or email enquiries@a1stairlifts.co.uk If you want to know more about our permanent new or reconditioned stairlifts, visit our home page or call 0800 6785261.

We have a stairlift showroom on South Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire if you want to try before you rent or buy.