Where Motivation Came From
Motivation is a social enterprise and international development charity. All profits from their wheelchair sales go back into their charitable work, enabling disabled people in developing countries to have greater independence and opportunity.
In 1989, two Royal College of Art design students - David Constantine and Simon Gue - entered a competition to design a wheelchair suitable for use in developing countries. Robust enough to cope with rough terrain and made from local and affordable materials, their prototype won. The pair used their prize money to travel to Bangladesh where, along with their friend Richard Frost, they built their wheelchair for a disability organisation in Dhaka. Seeing how an appropriate wheelchair could transform lives so quickly, they needed little convincing when they were asked to help increase production. In 1991, the team raised funds, started their first wheelchair workshop and set up Motivation.
Motivation is 26 years old
Motivation has touched the lives of disabled people in 120 countries around the globe. While Motivation has grown as an organization, their values remain the same. Motivation is committed to giving disabled people the products and support they need to live happy, healthy and independent lives.
Raising the Bar
In 2008, Motivation worked alongside the World Health Organization (WHO) to publish the 'Guidelines on the provision of Manual Wheelchairs in less resourced settings'. Aimed at driving up standards across the sector, these guidelines ensure that people don't just get any wheelchair, they get the right wheelchair, in the right way - essential for health and mobility.
In 2011, the International Paralympic Committee asked Motivation to design a new low-cost racing wheelchair to launch at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. This ‘Flying Start’ wheelchair, along with our other sports products, helped Motivation open up the world of sport to thousands of people around the world.