The Yorkshire Lions Wheelchair Rugby Team held their First Annual Awards Evening and dinner in Wakefield on Saturday 2nd July.

The evening celebrated an outstanding inaugural season in the National League in which the team gained promotion at the first ask.

All playing team members were awarded with trophies acknowledging their magnificent contributions over the course of the season.

The four main trophies were awarded as follows:Yorkshire Lions Awards EveningYorkshire Lions Awards Evening

  1. Best Volunteer of the Year 2016 – Jack Haldenby
  2. Most Improved Player 2016 – Jamie Shaw
  3. Players’ Player of the Year 2016 – Neil Foulds
  4. Most Valuable Player 2016 – Neil Foulds


Once again, Prism Medical UK would like to congratulate the team on their substantial efforts over the past 12 months.

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We are delighted to announce that the Yorkshire Lions Wheelchair Rugby Team have been promoted to Division 2 after an astounding performance in the Super Series North, which took place 16/17th April, in Stoke-On-Trent. This mighty effort earned the Yorkshire Lions 2nd place in Division 3 and an immediate promotion.

It is a sparkling achievement as this was their first season in the national league and testament to the sheer effort and determination they have put into training and competition. Credit has to be given to coach Allan Smith who built the foundations of a team and to new Head Coach, Paul McDerby, who has shaped them into a winning team over the past few months.

Our very own Neil Foulds played a starring role in this achievement, bagging over 100 goals over the course of the season.

The Yorkshire Lions beat The Solent Hammerheads 53:14 and then mauled the Stoke Mandeville Maulers 62:24.

This set them up for the final against arch rivals Liverpool Lions and whilst they were defeated, it left them 2nd overall.

The Yorkshire Lions earned an invitation to play in the National Wheelchair Rugby Championships this coming weekend 23rd/24th April, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Prism Medical UK would like to congratulate The Yorkshire Lions on their promotion and wish them the best of luck at the Nationals.

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Prism Medical UK is delighted to announce that they will be helping promote the Forget Me Not Hospice and participating in their first ever Colour Run.

Working with Forget Me Not Hospice for over five years, Prism supply and fit ceiling track hoists into the hospice. Prism has also been supporting the Hospice since the recent unfortunate events of a fire that shut down the Forget Me Not Hospice for over a week, causing the hospice to lose £140,000.

The organisers of the event encourage anyone and everyone to take part in the 5km course that can be done at one’s own pace – participants can run, walk or dance through the rainbow in aid of Forget Me Not Hospice.

All money raised at the event will allow Forget Me Not Hospice to keep reaching and caring for the children with life shortening conditions and their families throughout Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield and Bradford.

The Colour Run will take place on 21st May 2016 at Farnley Estates, Huddersfield.  Registration for the Colour Run is £15 per adult and £7.50 per child, with family tickets also available (2 x adult 2 x children) priced at £40.

Register for the Colour Run here

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The Yorkshire Lions Wheelchair Rugby Team faced their Second Division 3 Super Series North set of competitive games on the 5th March.

Victory was achieved against the Caledonian Crushers, beating them 73:11, with our very own Neil Foulds bagging over 30 goals.

The Yorkshire Lions fought bravely against the Liverpool Lions, but unfortunately lost the game to the experienced outfit.

The scorelines show that even in the last month the Yorkshire Lions have progressed by ‘pegging back’ Liverpool Lions to a smaller margin and scoring more than last time. The Yorkshire Lions also won against the Caledonian Crushers by a more significant margin.

The Final Super Series Division 3 will take place on the 16-17th March in Stoke-on-Trent.

The North and South pools of Division 3 all come together and all play each other in order to complete the results for Division 3 this year.

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Prism Medical UK were once again involved in an episode of DIY SOS: The Big Build, broadcast on 17th February at 9:00PM on BBC1.

Alongside Nick Knowles and his team, Prism helped remodel a home for a family in Birmingham.

Charlotte and Chris have twins who were born prematurely and have global development delay, which has slowed down their progress of walking and talking.

The family home wasn’t adjusted to the needs of the twins, so their progress and development was being impaired.

The DIY SOS team, alongside many volunteers and with the help of Prism Medical UK made a whole range of building adjustments and changes to help improve their living space.

Prism were delighted to donate and install four full Freeway TransactiveXtra ceiling track hoist systems for the twins, which will enhance the quality of their lives. Prism also provided a custom made walking harness to enable walking rehabilitation.

Brian Ruttle, Group Technical Support Manger, Prism Medical UK, was able to assist and advise the DIY SOS team on the installation and capabilities of the ceiling track hoist system, and stated:

‘Our goal at Prism is to enhance the quality of people’s lives, so we were very privileged to help out a family in need, and support the DIY SOS team throughout the build. Helping out Charlotte, Chris and their twins and seeing their lives transformed is a rewarding and fulfilling experience, not only for those involved in the project, but for everyone at Prism Medical UK’.

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The Yorkshire Lions Wheelchair Rugby Team had a strong start to their Super Series North games, at Leigh Sports Village. In their first ever set of competitive games, the Yorkshire Lions performed magnificently and did themselves proud, winning their first game against the Caledonian Crushers 53:25.

Next up was clash of the Lions, Liverpool vs. Yorkshire. The purple lions fought bravely, but unfortunately lost the game to the Liverpool Lions 66:36.

The first round of the Super Series North took place on 6th February and the next round will take place on Saturday 5th March at Leigh Sports Village.

Prism Medical UK is the proud shirt sponsor of the Yorkshire Lions for the 2015/16 season.

The sponsorship has been running for the team’s inaugural season, covering all competitive and friendly fixtures in which the club participates.

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50 jobs are being created in North and South Wales with the expansion of Prism Medical UK. Prism acquired Mackworth Healthcare earlier this year which has now become Prism’s Bridgend operations.
Prism received a funding package from the Welsh Government of £360,000 that has secured both sites with Prism Medical UK planning to expand both facilities which will safeguard 135 jobs and create fifty new jobs in total – 21 in Bridgend and 29 in Kinmel Bay.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart said:

 ” Welsh Government support was critical in maintaining both operations in Wales and I am delighted with the outcome that will retain and create skilled employment in Rhyl and Bridgend. The company has experienced remarkable growth recently, both organic and through acquisitions, and is a most welcome addition to the thriving Welsh life sciences sector.”

Prism Medical’s two manufacturing sites are backed by a network of strategically located service centers providing national coverage across the UK. Prism invests in R&D to continue developing its existing products and to bring new products to the market.

Prism CEO, Stuart Meldrum added:

“It is no secret that Prism is on an ambitious growth trajectory and the funding support package from the Welsh Government will hopefully allow us to fulfill our desire to become the first choice provider of equipment for people with a range of disabilities.And with operations in both North and South Wales, Prism is also very proud to be generating a range of permanent and sustainable employment opportunities to local communities.”

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Prism Medical UK is to be the shirt sponsor of the Yorkshire Lions Wheelchair Rugby Team for the 2015/16 season.

The sponsorship will run for the team’s inaugural season, covering all competitive and friendly fixtures in which the club participates. Yorkshire Lions are a newly created team participating in national competitions co-ordinated by Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby.

Wheelchair rugby is a mixed team sport for male and female tetraplegics or anyone with an upper limb impairment. Created by athletes with a disability, the sport has gained popularity over the past three years as a result of the successful 2012 Paralympic Games in London. As one of the only full-contact disability sports, wheelchair rugby soon earned its nickname ‘murderball’ due to the no-holds-barred nature of the game.

The partnership with Prism proves to be a good fit due to the nature of the solutions offered by both organisations, the mutual growth trajectory expected in the next 12 months and the companies’ local proximity to ‘The Lions’ base at the Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre in Pinderfields Hospital.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Kevan Baker, Yorkshire Lions Wheelchair Rugby Team Manager said: “The whole Yorkshire Lions squad are very pleased to have our first sponsor on board. Prism Medical UK has an excellent name and brand and many of our wider spinal injured members use their specialist equipment, so we are rightly proud to be associated with them.  Wheelchair Rugby is not a cheap sport so the sponsorship funding will support the team in their drive for success.”

Greg Smith, Marketing Manager, Prism Medical UK added: “I couldn’t be more delighted that we were given the opportunity to sponsor the Yorkshire Lions. I am amazed by the amount of time, dedication and hard work that goes into giving wheelchair users a fantastic outlet to demonstrate their sporting ability. The costs to run the team are not insignificant and we hope the sponsorship will help to cover a proportion of this outlay.”

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For the second week running Prism has featured on DIY SOS: The Big Build, BBC One’s home improvement show which aims to help deserving families with the help of local tradesmen and suppliers. The show was aired on 10th June at 8:00PM.

Prism worked alongside Nick Knowles and his team to help build a self-contained apartment for Mark Burrows, aged 35, who was left paralysed after an unprovoked attack in 2012.

Prism supplied a complete ceiling track hoist system which was used as part of a life changing transformation to the home of the family in Wigan.

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Prism Medical UK has generously donated £1,000 to the Matt Hampson Foundation in support of their plans to build a new rehabilitation centre.

The Matt Hampson Foundation provides advice, support, relief and treatment for anyone suffering serious injury or disability which has arisen from any cause, but in particular from participation in sport.

The ‘Get Busy Living Centre’ will be the first of its kind for the foundation, enabling beneficiaries to receive rehabilitation through physiotherapy, and social interaction to share experiences, motivating and inspiring each other to move on with their lives.

The build is currently in its initial stages, and work will be expected to start once planning permission has been granted on an existing building that the foundation have acquired. The Prism donation will help towards furnishing the building with state of the art rehabilitation equipment.

Commenting on the donation, Matt Hampson, Founder of the Foundation said: Donations like this from Prism Medical UK will enable us to make this dream of a new rehab centre a reality.

Greg Smith, Marketing Manager, Prism Medical UK added: “Having worked closely with Matt for a number of years, we have witnessed first-hand the amount of sheer graft, determination and dedication in getting the Foundation to the place it is now in. It is a humbling experience to be able to work with such an inspirational person and although representing a mere fraction of the funds required, we hope our contribution can provide a little assistance for the new centre and ultimately the beneficiaries”

Click here for more information about the ‘Get Busy Living Centre’

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