Remap supports the Big Life Fix
Posted 2 December 2016 in News
The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve is a new three-part transformational science series for BBC Two, following a group of designers, engineers, programmers and tech experts as they face the challenge of coming up with innovative interventions that transform the lives of people all over the UK.
Remap, the national charity that helps disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life by designing and making equipment for their individual needs, is working with The Big Life Fix team to give on-going support to the inventions.
The series features solutions for nine different sets of people, from a man who is almost paralysed who wants to communicate with his family to a thirteen-year old boy born without hands and feet who is desperate to ride a bike, and a woman with Parkinson’s who wants to gain the control of her hand. All of the inventions in the series are unique to the contributors and are prototypes. Remap has offered to give on-going practical assistance to help fix any issues that may develop with the prototypes and to provide any other equipment that may be needed. The charity has over 70 local groups of skilled volunteers around the country.
Ros Ponder, Executive Producer at Studio Lambert who made the series, said: “This has been an extraordinary series to make and our fix team of designers, tech experts and engineers have created some truly incredible solutions which are unique to the individuals. Remap has a network of over 900 skilled volunteers who can help maintain the legacy of the work our fixers have created, and we are very grateful for their support.”
The team at Remap also acted as advisors during production of the series and understand all the cases well.
David Martin from Remap said “Working on the series with Studio Lambert has been fascinating; the fix team has used ingenuity and creativity to solve problems in a way that was not thought possible. This is truly inspiring and reflects the heart and soul of what we do as a charity all year round. We are very proud to be involved and to help maintain the support that all of the contributors get.”
Remap was set up in 1964 and it specialises in creating tailor-made equipment to help disabled people to carry out essential daily tasks without having to ask for help, or helps them take part in leisure occupations or sports that would otherwise be impossible. The charity provides over 3,000 fixes each year and supported three Paralympians at this year’s Rio games.