New trolley gives Daniel independence

Daniel Walsh with his new trolley
Daniel Walsh with his new trolley

A student who attends horticulture classes at a specialist college has been presented with a new bespoke trolley which will enable him to have more independence in class.

Daniel Walsh, who attends Hinwick Hall College near Wellingborough, has problems with his back and is unable to stand for long periods.

He’s currently on a placement at the college’s plant centre. He uses a wheelchair and was previously not able to move plants around very well.

In January, with the help of his college lecturers, he sent a letter to several local supermarkets asking for a loan of a disabled trolley, along with a covering letter from his horticulture lecturer at the college, Richard Hockney.

Sainsbury’s in Wellingborough contacted its trolleys provider partner, Wanzl, to ask for help. Marc Radforth, the account director at Wanzl, visited Hinwick Hall and instead of just giving Daniel a trolley, he took measurements of Daniel’s wheelchair in order to enable the team at Wanzl to build him a bespoke trolley.

He was recently presented with the new specialist trolley, which is his favourite colour – bright red – and has his name on it.

Mr Hockney said: “We are a college which works with learners who have learning disabilities.

“Daniel is on a learning placement at our plant centre.

“After sending the letter we managed to get a few responses, but it was Sainsbury’s in particular who put us in touch with Wanzl, the company which provides trolleys for supermarkets.

“They came and measured Daniel up and took all his specifics.

“Now he can access so much more work. It’s just at the right height for him. It’s been fantastic. It’s opened so many doors for Daniel and given him independence.

“They also gave us five specialist trolleys for customers.”

Hinwick Hall College is an independent specialist college working with learners who have physical, sensory and learning difficulties. Its plant centre is open to the public.