'Make the best of any situation'


This feel-good story from the BBC News caught my attention today:

A disabled man who set up a company making wheelchairs because he was frustrated with the lack of choice available to users has won an award.

Mark Owen and his brother, Jon, have picked up a "Design Management Europe Award" for their MRK1 wheelchair. They started their company, Nomad, just six months ago.

According to the company's Web site, the MRK1 features include a chassis made from aircraft grade aluminum (T6 6082), which is strong but lightweight, and an adjustable axle position.

The story goes on:

Mark Owen started using a wheelchair after a road accident in 1996 left him paralysed from the chest down, and with the use of only his right arm.

Jon Owen said the award was "proof that it is possible to make the best of any situation, no matter how bad it seems at first".

Liz Beaulieu