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.
UPDATE - Holiday Inn Bloomsbury
The Holiday Inn Bloomsbury have decided not to replace their faulty ceiling hoists. They suggest that customers can bring their own transportable hoist to hook on the track (how many potential users have these?) or to hire one! They do have a mobile hoist available but of course that is useless in the bathroom as the legs will not go under the bath.
Really sad news, but it shows how quickly you can go from an award winning disability champion to one of the worst examples of not caring about their disabled customers needs.
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/help.html
UPDATE - the first Flat Spaces property is now complete in Ropley, Hampshire. You can view the property at the open days:
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 10am-5pm
The address is:
Flat Spaces Hampshire, Watercress Lodges, Bighton Hill, Ropley, Hampshire SO24 9SQ
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
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 Legoland UK Resort Hotel to have two rooms with hoists.
Nick Kent, MD of OpeMed (Europe) announced they are to install hoists in two rooms at the new Resort Hotel at Legoland UK in Windsor. The new hotel is due to open in March 2012. We will bring you photos of the rooms as soon as they are complete.
Ergolet install hoist at Eden Project
Danish Ceiling Hoist company Ergolet have just installed a ceiling hoist in the state-of-the-art Changing Places toilet at the Eden Project in Cornwall. It consists of an Ergolet Luna transportable hoist fitted to their Etrack system which allows the hoist to move anywhere in the room. See the full Press Release here. (pdf file opens in a new window)
Good news as both Atlantic Reach and Hartswheal Stables are nearby self catering accommodation with ceiling hoists available. Bad news though if you only want to go for the night or two as most self catering places book by the week. What we need is a hotel in the area which is accessible and prepared to fit a ceiling hoist - any suggestions?
NEW - Hoist Reviews
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...
Available Now! .....
Newly refurbished cottage in Ironbridge
We are currently sympathetically refurbishing and adapting 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 want 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" .
Click here for further details Cloud 9 Escapes Ironbridge
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.
Now available in North Devon ....
Luxury 2 bedroomed bungalow with disabled access, offering overhead hoist, wetroom, level throughout, spa whirlpool bathroom, and more. Situated in the picturesce 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 seperately.