A Newcastle businessman has launched a seated walking machine with the potential to transform the lives of the elderly and disabled.
Angus Long, of Gosforth, has launched Happylegs, which allows users to go for a walk from the comfort of their own chair.
Long, who is owner and founder of Embryonyx Ltd, a supplier of healthcare and homecare products, has spent 30 years working in the healthcare sector holding senior positions at Vickers Medical, Johnson & Johnson and LiftAble.
His new product is endorsed by healthcare professionals and supported by a report from the Foundation for the Study and Prevention of Venous Diseases.
Long said: “Many afflicted by poor circulation find walking extremely difficult or not even possible due to their particular illness or disability. I identified a real need for a product that doesn’t require the user to physically operate it.”
Disability North, based at the Dene Centre, is now offering the chance for people to trial the product under the guidance of a physiotherapist or occupational therapist.