Five Fantastic Years of YORTRAIN GOLD
First of all, we’d like to thank each and every one of you who attended our annual YORTRAIN GOLD conference this year at the Pavilions of Harrogate on October 3rd. We think we’re right in saying that this was our best year yet, and it wouldn’t have been the same without any of you!
We had some great speakers this year, and we kicked off with a particularly interesting presentation for Baroness Masham of Ilton. After a horse riding accident in 1958 left her paralysed from the chest down, she was inspired to campaign for disability rights in the UK. She’s been a member of the House of Lords since 1970, and started up the Spinal Injuries Association. All this after winning 3 Paralympic medals for table tennis in the 1960s of course. She is quite a remarkable woman.
The following speakers were just as interesting. Deborah Harrison from A1 Risk Solutions gave a thought-provoking talk on the benefits of single-handed care. She even had John up at one stage to demonstrate the downfalls of caring in pairs. We then had Amy Barber who gave a great presentation on how to carry-out an effective seating assessment.
Before everyone shot off for lunch, we took the opportunity to show off some of our latest developments; especially the Lento care chair. George ran through the benefits of the Lento whilst the delegates ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ over the adjustability of it. It ended up being quite a talking point of the day!
The Lento and Raizer stands were exceptionally busy in the exhibition hall, and Mike and Steve were working non-stop chatting with people and giving demonstrations. It was great to see so many people enthused by our products and understanding how they can help enhance quality of life.
The final talks of the day were well and truly enthralling. Theresa McNally from Vida Healthcare gave a very interesting presentation on how to deal with Dementia patients in a creative way, telling a particularly touching story written by Hans Christian Andersen that highlighted how it felt to have Dementia.
Of course, no YORTRAIN GOLD would be complete without a talk from the National Back Exchange. This year saw Penny Townsend and Simon Love getting everyone out of their seat to test their postural tone. We were weighing each other’s arms up to work out if they went tense or floppy, and then we were cuddling one another; safe to say, it brought everyone a lot closer!
That left us with just the raffle to announce and the Grand Finale. Padraig took us all by surprise by inviting one person to get up onstage and dance with him to win a Yorkshire Care diary! After a quick practice run-through, Padraig channelled the late Patrick Swayze and delivered a truly unforgettable performance. With some bum bumping, shimmying, and even a lift, YORTRAIN GOLD 2017 ended with lots of smiles and laughter. What a wonderful day, and well done everyone!
Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it to YORTRAIN GOLD 2017, you can watch all the talks on our videos page.