Wheels for hire
If you struggle round the home or are in
need of some temporary assistance, a company has opened in Paphos that hires
out wheelchairs and other devices for the disabled. JILL CAMPBELL MACKAY
THE dictionary definition of the word ‘disabled’ is when someone or
something is deprived of power.
Most of us, at some time in our life, will have experienced a temporary
disability, having been deprived of the power to walk due to suffering a
broken leg, or sprained ankle.
Others, like Chris Neophytou, are permanently disabled and are confined to a
wheelchair. It’s this state of long-term immobility that resulted in Chris
turning what was a physical catastrophe into a thriving business
GC Para-quip was set up by Chris to help others with disabilities, supplying
a wide range of specially-designed equipment to help achieve a level of
independence both in and outside the home.
But how did it all start?
“I was in my wheelchair waiting in the foyer of a local hotel, when this
German tourist asked if I knew anyplace where he could hire a wheelchair for
his wife as she had just fallen down on some rocks, twisting her ankle.
Sadly, I couldn’t help him, as before this venture began, there was no place
you could hire equipment on a temporary basis. That’s when I started to see
that I could turn my disability into something that could help others, and,
at the same time give me a living.” Chris’ company now offers everything
from the hire of manual and electric wheelchairs, shower commode, electric
hoists, walkers, and lots of other pieces of equipment that go to making
make life that bit easier for the disabled.
“We have also converted our family holiday apartments to become totally
accessible for wheelchair users and now welcome tourists from all over
Europe who come here, knowing they will not only be well cared for but more
importantly, they will be safe and also have a great holiday.”
Chris organizes tours with the help of a specially converted minibus come
taxi which is adapted with an electric tail lift, meaning visitors can be
collected with ease from the airport and then taken to their holiday
apartment. Repairs can also be made on the spot if anyone gets a ‘spoke in
their wheels’ and Chris will deliver his equipment all over the island just
like any regular hire company.
by friends and media
C & A Hotel
P.O. Box 66258
++ 357 99498515
++ 357 99647669
++ 357 26322856