Watching ‘The Crown’ from my recliner

Watching ‘The Crown’ from my recliner,  brings those memories back.  Like the royal family portrayed in this story, I have aged since the time of the second series.

Relax and benefit from having your legs raised

Looking back to 1966 as the various episodes of this series does it tells the story of Aberfan. I was a young sales representative at the time and I was working in South Wales. On Thursday night I stayed in a hotel in Cardiff.  The hotel I was in was full of rugby players from the Australian rugby tourists. Unfortunately, I met some of them in the bar. Now at that time, I thought I could drink but it was hard to keep up with those boys.

Next morning I woke up with the biggest hangover ever!  It was wet and very miserable, I booked out of the hotel and got to my car.  A Ford Cortina estate no less, then looked at my call cards to see where I should be going.  I decided that going to Merthyr and the surrounding valleys was not a good idea. So instead I set off back to Birmingham and home.  Remember though this was 1966 and my car did not have a radio in it (it only had a 3-speed gearbox). So I knew nothing of the disaster happening in Aberfan until I got home in the afternoon. I looked back at the cards I had with customer details. My first call, if I had done it, should have been in Aberfan!

If I had done that first call I may not have been here now!

It was very moving to watch how the disaster was portrayed in the new series of The Crown.  However, when you look back you realise how nieve we were back then.  How the coal board lied to everyone and covered up the disastrous mistakes that they had made. The cover-up went right through to the government and they made sure, in my opinion, that the real truth didn’t get out at that time.

Unfortunately, subsequent cover-ups continue to happen and no one ever seems to be at fault, there will never be closure for the Liverpool families after Hillsborough and it seems as though the fire at Grenfell will end up being the same, no one at fault.

So many things and times come to mind as I relax in my recliner chair and I often think what if!  I have those opportunities to look back through and I am so fortunate for that. People have had their lives decimated and will never get the chance to relax as I do. If it had not been for those hard-drinking Australians all those years ago who knows what might have happened to me.

An alternative way to relax, recline and put your feet up.

If you need more information about the range of recliners we have on offer then please feel free to contact me, Robert Winchurch, on 01492 548102 or email me at and I will do my best to help. I can of course always tell you more stories from my past!

A Transit or Self Propel wheelchair?

It is sometimes a difficult choice as to whether you select a Transit or Self Propel wheelchair?

Excel Globetraveller Transit wheelchair
Excel Globetraveller Self Propel Wheelchair

A lot of people who will use a wheelchair will need a transit ( Attendant controlled) wheelchair. This is because they will not be physically capable of pushing themselves in their wheelchair. However, I think that it is sometimes sensible to select a Self Propel wheelchair. Even if you are going to be pushed by a carer or a loved on. The larger rear wheels may make it more manoeuvrable when turning and easier to push normally.

There are both types of wheelchair shown here Transit or Self Propel. With the transit, you will always need a carer or a person you know to push you. This can be difficult for them because however light or heavy you maybe it is a solid weight to push. The small wheels on the transit style wheelchairs mean that they have to travel further to go the same distance as a Self Propel version.

With quick release rear wheels, it is probably easier to fold a Self Propel model than a transit style. Which will make the job of looking after the wheelchair passenger a lot easier. The fact of removing the rear wheels also makes the frame of the self propel wheelchair easier to load when travelling.

Whilst it is possible to buy a transit wheelchair for less money than a self propel there does not need to be a great deal of difference in the cost. The person who has to push the wheelchair will feel great benefit from the easier moving big wheels. After all the health and well being of the carer should be equally important.

If you want to be really active with your wheelchair and your carer the new G-Explorer could be the answer!

The New G-Explorer- Self Propel Wheelchair. Ideal for heavy conditions

With its large rear wheels with mountain bike style tyres, this self propel wheelchair can expand your horizons.

Whether you prefer a transit or self propel wheelchair here at we are sure to have one for you.

Relax in your bath again using a Bath Buddy

Relax in your bath again using a Bath Buddy.

Easy to store between uses.

No not someone to join you in a bath! But a simple, safe and easy to use system that allows you to use your own bath again.  Once you unpack the Bath Buddy you can place it securely into your bath and then inflate it.  Fill your bath to your preferred level and as you climb in the Bath Buddy will support you.

Once you are safely in position you press the button to deflate the Bath Buddy and it gently lowers you through the water.

The Bath Buddy will gently take you down

It is easy to use, by pressing the soft touch button on the hand control you will be gently lowered, on a cushion of air, down to the very bottom of your bath.

Relax again and enjoy a bath just like you used to with the help of your own Bath Buddy

Always in control, once you are ready to get out just push the control button to reinflate the Bath buddy and it will take you gently and easily to the top of the bath to allow you to get out.

This Bath Buddy is hygienic with smooth contours that make it so easy to clean, dry and put away. It can be used by persons of up to 20 stone.

The Bath Buddy has so many benefits as you will see below;

  • Four suction feet with a release tab
  • Lumbar support
  • Slip-resistant, contoured seat
  • Plastic pipe to the rear
  • Compressor unit
  • Soft-touch, push-button remote control
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Comfortable
  • Hygienic
  • No installation required or installation costs
  • No Bathroom alterations
  • Water energy saving
  • Eliminates the hazards involved in stepping in and out of the bath
  • No assistance needed
  • Simple to operate
  • Suits most Baths
  • The Bath Buddy had a secure non-slip seat
  • Safe to use with a non-electrical hand control

The Bath Buddy is made right here in the UK and conforms to all UK hygiene and safety standards. Delivery is normally 5 to 7 working days.

If you need any help or information about the Bath Buddy then please call me; Robert Winchurch on 01492 548102.


Don’t let your boiler catch you out

As we get to the time of year to turn your heating on don’t let your boiler catch you out.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is known as the silent killer and with good reason. You cannot taste it, see it or smell it and it can either kill you or damage you for life. One of the main causes in the home is a faulty gas central heating boiler. Or it could be your gas fire or oven, really anything that burns fossil fuel.

So let us all be sensible and make sure that our appliances are all serviced once a year every year! The last thing that any of us want is to nod off in our riser recliner chair or our adjustable bed and not wake up! Imagine if one of your friends or relatives or even a carer had to find you like that.

You could, as some people do, have your boiler fitted in your bedroom, not a good idea. But it is some times the only place it can go. If serviced properly then you will be safe in your adjustable bed.

We should all have the sense to fit Carbon monoxide detectors or alarms systems. These alarm systems should help to keep you safe. Be sensible though and check them regularly. 

If you have any of the following you should get them serviced every year without fail.

  • boilers
  • gas fires
  • central heating systems
  • water heaters
  • cookers
  • open fires

Do it regularly and be safe it doesn’t cost a lot to keep on top of these different items, certainly less than a funeral costs.

If you want to relax in your riser recliner chair or adjustable bed then make sure your appliances are safe.

The Hereford riser recliner with a lateral backrest

Let’s make sure that through neglect, this winter is not your last one.

Stay warm, stay comfortable and most of all stay safe.  Don’t let the silent killer get you!



The Monmouth Riser Recliner

The Monmouth Riser recliner is the latest addition to our range of lift chairs.

The Monmouth dual motor riser recliner with leg extension

Part of Pride’s fantastic Hudson range, the Monmouth offers an unbeatable level of comfort. This British made riser recliner gives the quality level of craftsmanship that you would expect.

With a powered lumbar support and a powered headrest fitted as standard, this four motor electric recliner gives you more control.

The Monmouth reclined

The 10″ powered headrest keeps your neck properly supported when the backrest is reclined. Whilst the lumbar support will alleviate pressure in your back. The two extra motors work together with the backrest for excellent posture across your back keeping the aches and pains away.

Acting like a normal dual motor riser recliner the Monmouth’s footrest and backrest can act independently of each other. This coupled with the powered head and lumbar motors give you an infinite number of ergonomic seating positions.

You can have your legs raised with the back upright, recline the backrest for a laidback yet supportive position. Or you can just sit as you would in a normal armchair.

The chair in a raised position

If like me, you are not as strong as you used to be then getting out of a traditional armchair can prove difficult. Putting a strain on your arms and wrists each time you do stand or sit. However, the Monmouth is designed to help you in and out at the touch of a button. The smooth, gentle and quiet motors lift you up and forwards when you want to stand up, then lowering you down slowly when you want to relax again.

With a simple handset which has light-emitting LED control buttons and a very useful USB charging port there is never a reason for your Kindle or Tablet to run down on you.  Smart technology switches the chair off after 20 seconds of being stationary, saving electricity and wear and tear. Just press the button and away you go again.

With a choice of three different fabric covers for the Monmouth riser recliner chair, there is bound to be one that suits your colour schemes.

If you would like more information about this superb riser recliner chair please call me on 01492 548102.


Which riser recliner chair is best for you?

With 25  chairs in our range, it is easy to wonder which riser recliner chair is best for you.

The Hereford riser recliner chair with a lateral backrest is from the Pride Hudson range

At we are positive about helping our clients select the riser recliner chair that suits them best. So when you are starting on the journey of choosing your next riser recliner contact us.

If you feel you need to ask about any riser recliner chair then please use my expertise. I don’t all the answers but with well over 50 years of working in the furniture trade, I know some!

Which riser recliner is best for you can depend on a lot of things. How tall are you, how heavy are you. What sort of disabilities do you suffer from? The chairs in our ranges will vary according to size and price and will have different functions.

If you need just a simple single motor riser recliner chair you can choose a chair such as the Ava. Available in just one colourway it is very easy to operate and cost just £375.00.

This chair will stand you up from a sitting position and will also allow you to recline. As a single motor chair when you raise the footrest the backrest will also recline.

At the other end of our range are the chairs from the Pride Hudson range which offer a 4-motor system. These include the recently added Hereford riser recliner chair. Available with two different backrests, the lateral back as shown at the top or the waterfall style shown below.

Hereford riser recliner with a waterfall backrest

The Hereford has dual motors to allow separate use of the back and footrests. It also has motors to adjust the headrest and lumbar support. These give added support in the areas most needed. Another benefit with the Hudson range is the extendable footrest. The Pride Hudson range which includes the Hereford also offers a USB port built into the handset.  This can be so helpful to charge your tablet, phone or laptop as you relax in comfort. Your Kindle can also be charged using the same USB port so you will never be without anything to read.

These chairs offer more and obviously cost more, the Hereford is  £1289.00 excluding VAT. Remember though, with these models we not only deliver but also unpack, assemble and demonstrate.  Once you are happy our specialist engineers will remove all of the packagings and leave you to relax.

At present we have 25 different riser recliner chairs for you to select from but with more to come very shortly.

With my memories from working for Parker Knoll, there is plenty of experience to call on. I was working for them when they introduced the N30 the first recliner chair in the UK.   Please do not ask me how long ago that was though!!

If you have any questions or need any information please contact me, Robert Winchurch. Either by email at or use the contact form on the website.

If all else fails, try ringing me on 01492 548102 and speak to a real person. I promise I will do my best to guide you to the best riser recliner chair for your needs.

Wheelchair users and Blue badges


Wheelchair users and Blue badges. They go together but there is an increasing amount of fraud and theft involved now. Blue Badge Schemes are unfortunately being abused and used fraudulently.

Blue badges can be a real help. But they are now becoming so valuable that the theft of them is increasing rapidly.

So if you are a Blue Badge user be careful, you do not want it stolen or copied. You should also be very aware that not all disabilities are visible. Do not think because the person in the next car has not got a walking stick that they aren’t disabled. As well as physical disabilities many people who suffer from Autism or learning problems can apply for a Blue Badge.

For all of us though the Blue Badge scheme is a help that should not be abused. The badge is issued to a person with particular needs, not to a car.  This means that it should only be displayed when the person concerned is using it. It isn’t to allow your friend or partner to just pop down to the shops and park more easily using your Blue Badge.

The rise in theft of blue badges is increasing around the whole of the UK. This means that people are able to park where they like without any good reason. If you are unfortunate enough to have yours stolen you need to report it to the Police. You will need a crime number before you can request a replacement. It is always a good idea to take a photocopy of your Blue Badge each time it is renewed.

We all, who use the  Blue Badge Schemes will have a reason for doing so. Certainly, wheelchair users and Blue Badges go together but it is not the only reason to have one.

This Self Propel wheelchair can easily be folded to go into your car. Then once you are parked using the Blue Badge Schemes it is easy to assemble.

Make sure you protect your Blue badge, it is a privilege that should not be abused.



Sleep Apnoea and Swivel Recliner Chairs

I was diagnosed in 2010 with Sleep Apnoea and swivel recliner chairs can be a real help.

The sleep apnoea mask and machine work to keep the airways open and to help you breathe through the night

Back in 2010, when I was first diagnosed, it felt terrible to learn that I had to wear a mask.  This can mean all night, every night but it is surprising how you get used to it. It is possible to take for granted the use of the mask and the machine that pumps air through. However, I recently learnt just how much of a difference it makes to my life.

I developed severe toothache and my face became swollen which stopped me from wearing my mask at night. This carried on for about three weeks until the antibiotics worked and my dentist was able to remove some roots. I became very lethargic during the day and sitting in my swivel recliner chair I was going to sleep. This is not good but does prove just how comfortable my swivel recliner chair is!

Chartwell Swivel recliner chair and matching footstool

Last night I managed to wear my mask again and utilise the machine that goes with it. Today I feel like a different person with loads more energy and I have done more than ever. If only the pain from my arthritic limbs was as easy to control!

At least now my Sleep Apnoea is hopefully, back under control but it is a much under-diagnosed problem.  Anyone who lives with a heavy snorer, should listen, not for the snoring but for the silence. It is that moment that someone stops breathing and then gasps for air is the danger. Those moments and they can be just milliseconds are the danger. The heart lungs and brain can be starved of oxygen and over a period of time, this can be harmful.

Sleep apnoea can have a dramatic effect on people. I used to drop off to sleep when I was driving but did not realise it. After being diagnosed I had to surrender my driving licence. As the song says though, Always look on the bright side of life, now when we go out I can always have a drink!

Sleep Apnoea and swivel recliner chairs are ideal companions. But you should only go to sleep in your swivel recliner because you want to not because you have to.


Adjustable beds in different sizes

Adjustable beds in different sizes are not always available. Here at, we have, possibly, the widest selection of different sizes.

A latex foam mattress on an adjustable base
  • 2′ 3″ is the narrowest width we offer
  • 2′ 6″ this size can be ideal when space is at a premium. Such as when someone needs nursing downstairs or in another bedroom.
  • 3′ 0″ is the size that most people consider a normal single bed. It is ideal for those people who are going to be using the bed long term.
  • Pocket springs with memory foam
  • 3′ 6″ Sometimes called a large single it offers that extra space.
  • 4′ 0″ wide beds sometimes called a three-quarter bed. Now known as a compact double bed. It can be used by two people when needed. It has one control and one action.
  • 4′ 6″ width beds are the double beds that most people know.  Called the standard double it gives even more room.
  • 5′ 0″ wide (King size) adjustable beds can either be supplied with one or two actions. With one action the whole of the mattress will be raised or lowered. Whilst if two people want to be together but have their own controls you need two actions. This is done by linking two 2′ 6″ beds together. This ensures that both users can decide where they want to position themselves.
  • 6′ 0″ wide adjustable beds are known here in the UK as Super King Size. Though sometimes the American name of Queen size is also used. Normally made up of two 3′ 0″ wide beds linked together.

First of all, select the size that you need. Then think about the mattress. Pocket springs, memory foam, latex foam or perhaps a combination of those. After being in the trade since 1959 I have plenty of information and advice I can give you.  So when you need to know more just call me Robert Winchurch

on 01492 548192 or by email at I will offer the best advice and information for your needs,

Sunshine brings back memories

Many years ago, I was for a while, a sales representative for L’Oreal of Paris. Well, I thought I was worth it even if they didn’t! It was, looking back a wonderful training for life. Sunshine brings back memories of those days. Selling Ambre Solaire suntan products in February each year was always an achievement!

The furniture and mobility trade is a lot more fulfilling than selling hair products, well in my mind.

I met many people and learnt how to present myself especially in meetings. As well it taught me that selling is not always about getting the order, but also understanding your customer’s needs.

For instance it, back then Elnett was a very expensive hairspray and so it was fine selling it into department stores. Or even chemists shops in the more well off areas, but a shop in a less affluent would need a cheaper product.  When you called on the same shops on a regular basis it was important you got it right. Otherwise, you would find yourself unwelcome.

Mind you as a salesman with targets and a boss to report to it wasn’t always easy to balance orders and customers needs. We introduced a new product during one sales period and at the end of the first week, I hadn’t sold any! Big trouble from my Boss who couldn’t understand my customers didn’t want another hair bleach on their shelves. So I decided to use the product, Softly blonde it was called, on myself. From mousy brown to bleached blonde I got more response in my customer’s shops than ever before! All the young ladies pressurised their bosses to but the product and suddenly I went from zero to hero! I did encounter problems a few weeks later though when the roots started growing through. Nowadays though I have no hair to bleach or colour, I wonder if it was that softly Blonde!

That sort of thing was fine when I was young and footloose. Then as I have become slightly older you have to be concerned about getting both sides right.

So nowadays I do my very best to offer service and advice when conducting any sales.

It is so easy to talk to people and find out what their needs are. For instance, if someone wants a wheelchair then I need to discuss if it is a self-propelled or an attendant controlled version they need.  It is no use supplying a self propel version to somebody with limited arm movement.  They will need to be moved about by a carer or loved one.


So as the sunshine brings back memories I can think that the time I spent with L’Oreal was well worth it! That is apart from what did happen to the hair?

Sunshine brings back memories