Our New Look
Welcome to our new-look CHuC website. We have completely redesigned the layout with accessibility in mind. The accessibility options are explained in more detail here.
We would appreciate any feedback on the new layout whether good or bad. The menu layout has also changed so you can look at what a particular area has to offer rather than having to go through the whole list to find what you are looking for. Lots of old links have been removed. The internet is a dynamic environment so if you notice any that no longer work please let us know so that we can update them.
Welcome to CHuC
the Ceiling Hoist users Club web-site:
CHuC (the Ceiling Hoist users Club) was set up by the late Sue Maynard Campbell MBE, M.D. of Equal Ability CIC, to promote the interests of those disabled people who need to use hoists and particularly those who need, or prefer, ceiling track hoists (also caller tracker and tracking hoists). The lack of ceiling track hoists in away from home accommodation (hotels, guest houses and self-catering accommodation) severely limits many disabled people’s ability to go away for leisure, business, or important social events. This website is designed to bring together accommodation providers, hoist suppliers and hoist users for the benefit of all. Sue had been a hoist user for most of her life and understood the frustrations and inconvenience of not having anywhere she could stay without a good deal of inconvenience and additional expense. Her aim was to have ceiling hoist facilities provided as the norm and CHuC continues to persuade, cajoul and educate accommodation providers to continue her campaign.
New Self Catering Accommodation in Scotland
We are pleased to welcome three new properties in Scotland with a ceiling hoist available.
Clober Farm is a recently refurbished property that sleeps 5-6 with level access throughout. It is close to Loch Lomand and the Trossachs and an ideal spot for visiting Glasgow and the surrounding area.
The Rings is a purpose built property set in 90 acres of peaceful Fife farmland near Cupar in Fife. Ideally situated for visiting St Andrews (on or list of "where I want to stay" places) or Dundee which is just 35 minutes away. The Rings can accommodate up to 16 guests and has moveable walls so that it can be split into smaller units making it very flexible.
The Moat House is a refurbished 200 year old property in Annan which sleeps up to 12 in five very large bedrooms with four of them wheelchair accessible. It has a platform lift connecting the 2 floors. Two bedrooms have X-Y celing hoists and one has a profiling double bed and the other two profiling single beds. One of the wet rooms also has an X-Y ceiling hoist and has an adult size changing / shower bed.
Details and contact information for all three of the properties above can be found on out Self-Catering - Scotland page
NEW Clober Farm, Milngavie, Scotland
CHuC is pleased to announce the avilablility of yet more accessible accommodation with a ceiling hoist in Scotland. Clober Farm is in Milngavie, just a few miles north of Glasgow. The property is owned and run by Spinal Injuries Scotland and will accommodate 5-6 people. It can be hired from as little as £70 a night for 2 people
17 January 2016
NEW - Two more hotel rooms with ceiling track hoists in London
The 4* Dorsett Hotel overlooking Shepherds Bush Green in West London opened in June 2014 and has 26 accessible rooms and 2 of these are fitted with OpeMed OT200 ceiling track hoists. For more details click here
NEW - Hambleton near Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire
A group of 5 outstanding cottages, set on Brickhouse Farm amongst six acres of lovely grounds and two large lakes, nestled in the hamlet of Hambleton yet only five miles from the market town of Poulton-le-Fylde
All 5 cottages are accessible and 3 of them have a ceiling hoist from bedroom to bathroom as well as a ceiling track hoist to an external illuminated hot-tub.
NEW - Flat Spaces
A Unique Concept in Holiday Accommodation for people of All Abilities
FLAT SPACES is a new concept in accessible holiday accommodation. Born out of the idea that with new building technologies a well designed flat level holiday cottage could easily be replicated around the country, if not further away! Our plans are nearly complete, but we need input from as many people with disabilities as possible, to get it right.
Each dwelling will have complete flat level access, two large main bedrooms, open plan living areas, wide doors, a ceiling hoist have been taken into account with wheelchair users and the less mobile in mind.
Flat Spaces are doing their utmost to try to make these properties as accessible to the majority of users that they can. To do this they need to gain as much information regarding equipment and peoples use of it that they can. This will enable them to provide the best accessible accommodation on the market. They would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to fill out the following questionnaire. Thank You. http://www.flatspaces.co.uk/supportus.html
UPDATE - the first Flat Spaces property is now complete in Ropley, Hampshire.
The address is:
Flat Spaces Hampshire
NEW Scotland - Fife
De Vere Hotel in Nottingham
The new De Vere Orchard Hotel opened on 6th November. It is located on the Nottingham University Campus adjacent to the East Midlands Conference Centre and has 5 accessible rooms, one of which is fitted with a ceiling hoist. The 202 bed eco-friendly hotel is just 2 miles from Nottingham City Centre and just 4 miles from the M1 motorway. For more info click this link
Crowne Plaza Hotel Glasgow
The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow now has a newly refurbished accessible room fitted with ceiling hoist track in the bedroom and bathroom and a Freeway P-200 transportable hoist. As with other IHG hotels it was not possible to run the track direct from the bedroom through to the bathroom due to the building construction so it is necessary to unhook the transportable hoist from one track and hook it on to the other. For further information Click Here
The alternative to a ceiling hoist?
The HandiMove Wall Lift can be fitted to a bracket on the wall or on a floor to ceiling post and can be moved from room to room with additional brackets or posts. With a lifting capacity of 145kg and a maximum reach of 1.3m this is the alternative to a fixed ceiling track hoist so now you can install a fixed hoist even when the property has a low ceiling. It is available in UK from Dolphin Mobility, Lindale Healthcare and Lynch Healthcare. It is also avalable throught Europe, Israel, South Africa, Australia and USA.
At Last - a hoist in Dublin!
Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) now has accessible accommodation available at their HQ in Dublin. It consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 of which are fitted with Liko hoists on an X-Y frame to cover the whole room. You can book a room for 1-7 nights at just €25 per room per night. The appartment is fully equiped and the bedrooms have hi-lo profiling beds. More details are available here.
Premier Inn, London Stratford East
UPDATE - July 2014
We welcome Premier Inn as the latest Hotel group to install a celing hoist in an accessible room. The new hotel is situated right in the heart of the Olympic Park at Stratford and is above the new Westfield shopping centre. See more details here
The International Hotel, Telford
Unfortunately this hotel no longer has an accessible room with a ceiling hoist. One of the reasons given for removing it was lack of use! I'm afraid it is a matter of use it or lose it! These facilities cost money to maintain, service and test on a regular basis and if they don't generate sufficient income then they will be remnoved. The fault is generally not all one sided though as many of the accommodation providers with hoists do not advertise the fact. Please, if you know of any accommodation with a ceiling hoist that CHuC isn't aware of please let us know so that we can circulate the details as widely as possible.
1 February 2016
Legoland UK Resort Hotel now has two rooms with hoists
Nick Kent, MD of OpeMed (Europe) announced they have installed hoists in two rooms at the new Resort Hotel at Legoland UK in Windsor.
We need your help! Do you know of any other accommodation where ceiling track hoists are available for the guests? If so please let us know and we will list the details on our accommodation page.
Freedom Shores Resort, Mexico
A purpose built accessible resort on the Yucatan Peninsula with gantry type hoists available. Read more here Freedom Shores
We want comments and experiences from ceiling hoist users. Does your hoist do everything you expected - was the service you received from the supplier good or bad? We want your honest comments and experiences of different models of ceiling track hoists so that we can build up a picture of good and bad points and the quality of service provided by hoist manufacturers and suppliers. See our reviews page
Where do you want to stay?
Let us know where you would like to see a hotel with a ceiling track hoist available in the UK. It could be a major city or a seaside resort or even a quiet country getaway. Tell us where and we will see what we can do to persuade a hotel there or close by to fit a hoist for the most popular choices...
Cloud 9 Escapes
Newly refurbished cottage in Ironbridge
We have sympathetically refurbished and adapted our 18th century cottage next to the River Severn in Ironbridge to provide comfortable and accessible self-catering accommodation for the less mobile, their families and friends. We wanted to create a beautiful place for memorable holidays.
The first guests have already booked again for later in the year saying "they had a great time and went home feeling relaxed and re-energised"
CHuC does make a difference!
I have just returned from a weekend in London which for the first time actually was an enjoyable and stress-free experience.
This was due entirely to the work of Sue and the organisation who managed to get a overhead hoists installed at the Holiday Inn Kensington to name but one location.
I cannot explain the joy I have had from being invited to a party in London for my Best friend's 30th birthday and actually saying yes I can attend. So often I have to decline offers as I'm always held back by my inability to transfer independently without a hoist. The hassle of trying to organise equipment and use it in inaccessible rooms has been well documented on the CHuC website.
This weekend was different there was no hassle whatsoever and I am still buzzing now to be honest.
Phoenix Holiday Bungalow, Braunton, N Devon
Luxury 2 bed-roomed bungalow with disabled access, offering overhead hoist, wet-room, level throughout, spa whirlpool bathroom, and more. Situated in the picturesque village of Braunton North Devon, this is a self catering holiday bungalow that can sleep up to 6. Care can be provided if required through our domiciliary care service, rated excellent, and would be charged separately.