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AVH signs contract with 7/7 Survivor’s Disability app

Adapted Vehicle Hire (AVH) has signed an exclusive partnership with My UK Access Ltd - creators of independent travel resource Ldn Access, to help people with disabilities travel around London more easily.

Launched in Jan 2012, Ldn Access is a downloadable iPhone app that features a range of information for people with disabilities, parents with young children and anyone that requires accessible information for travelling in and visiting the capital.

The app was created by 7/7 bombing survivor Daniel Biddle and business partner Tobi Manikin-Collett in an effort to improve London’s disabled access.

As part of the arrangement AVH will be listed on the app as a recommended supplier of goods and services for disabled travellers in the ‘Top Five Travel’ category and will be the only recommended supplier of rented adapted vehicles.

In return, AVH will help sponsor the app and promote the service to customers. This will enable the company to expand and develop similar apps for other types of smartphones.

Commenting on the partnership, AVH managing director, Lorraine Farnon, said: “We are really pleased to announce this partnership as the app is a great service that makes a real difference to people’s lives. As a business we are always looking for new ways to make life easier for our customers and the new app fits in very well with other initiatives such as our Idrive information portal that we launched earlier in the year.”

Tobi Manikin-Collett, co-founder of My UK Access, agrees: “Disabled access is something London still struggles with which is simply not good enough in this day and age and we hope that through services like the London Access app, we can begin to raise awareness of the need for changes.

“For many people, simple tasks like getting to and from the shops are a significant undertaking because of problems with mobility and access. However with the app we can help people to plan their journey and find disabled-friendly venues and facilities to make life easier. We hope to use technology to change people's mindsets and show how the disability isn't the problem; the lack of access is the problem.”

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