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The Lin Berwick Trust

Holiday Comfort For All

Lin Berwick


state-of-the-art disability holiday facility has opened in Scotland, giving complete comfort and relaxation in ALL aspects of life, regardless of mobility.

The Lin Berwick Trust aims to build houses in the north, south, east and west of the UK, specialising in providing suitable holiday accommodation for the severely disabled, and has expanded on its already successful cottage in Norfolk with the development of Denis Duncan House in Dirleton, East Lothian. The cottage includes a ground floor disability bedroom with en-suite bathroom which features a Closomat Lima Lifter automatic shower toilet.

Explains Lin Berwick Trust project manager John Toosey, "Lin herself is blind, has cerebral palsy, and is in a wheelchair, so appreciates the considerations. She founded the Trust because of her own frustration at finding suitable holiday accommodation. The Norfolk cottage, opened in 1997, has a Closomat toilet, so it was a logical choice for the new property. The Lima Lifter is the next generation of Closomat so Lin was adamant we installed it for the extra benefits it brings to holiday-makers using Denis Duncan House."

The Closomat Samoa shower toilet can be used as a conventional toilet, and additionally provides an integral douching and drying facility triggered by pressure on the standard flush or by an optional pneumatic foot or hand switch, eliminating the need to use paper and ensuring personal hygiene, dignity and independence is maintained. An integral water heater and thermostatic controls provide warm water progressing to cool for douching and a gentle, warm airflow for drying.

The Lima Lift is ideally suited to multi-user situations, such as Denis Duncan House, as it additionally features finger-tip control via an infra-red remote to adjust the height up or down to a maximum seat height adjustment of 730mm. Drop-down arms can be raised or lowered with the lift. The unit also provides easy access for compatible shower chair use.

Closomat produces two different versions of the Lima Lift- flush-finished or surface mounted- optimising installation regardless of wall strength and services ducting and channelling. After installation is complete, Closomat commissions the unit to ensure satisfactory use.

Closomat was the UK's first supplier of automatic toilets, fitting the first one in 1959, and is the biggest selling brand in the market, because of its product functionality, reliability and durability, and the company's high levels of after-sales service and support.

The Lin Berwick Trust has received awards from Tourism for All, and the established Norfolk property has gained the highest grades in categories of mobility, hearing and vision under the National Accessible Standards. Berwick Cottage is already let for over 30 weeks of 2006, and advance bookings had reached similar levels for Denis Duncan House, even before it opened.

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