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Rita flying flag for disability aids

Coventry Editorial 24th Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DOUBLE Paralympic gold medalist Rita Thompson is the face of a new campaign testing out aids and adaptations for people with disabilities.

The 88-year-old from Mount Nod was the first Coventrian to win a Paralympic gold medal when she competed at the 1980 Arnhem Paralympics in the Women’s Pair lawn bowling event.

And she has been invited by the council to be one of their poster stars for an online ordering service for people who need extra help around the home.

“When I was approached by the Opal centre to be on the posters and postcards, I was quite flattered.” said Rita.

“Having a disability restricts the kinds of things you can do around the home and so being part of this campaign to give people a wider choice is something I was happy to support.

“Even though I am in my late 80s, I am still very independent and enjoy being able to do as much as I can for myself and ordering merchandise from a website that caters for my needs and delivers straight to my door is a welcome addition to the fantastic services the Opal centre already provides.”

Occupational therapists based at the Opal centre deal with up to 300 referrals a month and they have demonstration areas on-site showing how the equipment can address some of the difficulties people with disabilities have carrying out daily tasks in and around the home.

Team leader Alison Nixon added: “Rita is often popping in to the centre to see what we have and we have been helping her to use the PC so she can start ordering items on line. She is a wonderful example of the kind of person we are hoping will use the service.”

The new website can be found at easylivingaids.co.uk/coventry.

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