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David Walker OBE, founder of Autochair Ltd. dies aged 76

Posted in General News on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

It is with great sadness that Autochair share the news that David Walker, the founder of Autochair Ltd. died on 9th April 2020 at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.

David was an inspirational man. Following an accident 44 years ago which left him a full time wheelchair user, he was driven to create a product that enabled him to have a full and active life with his young family. He put his invention into production and in 1983 founded Autochair which has since gone on to help over 80,000 people regain their independence through the freedom of travel.

David received an OBE from the queen In October 2014 in recognition of his services to people with disabilities.

David leaves behind his loving wife and family, friends and colleagues who will sincerely miss him. His 3 sons Matthew, Nick & Jonathan continue to share David’s vision of improving lives and helping thousands more people with Autochair products.

The Walker family have chosen 2 charities to raise money in David’s memory. Both focus on helping disabled people become and remain independent, which couldn’t be more befitting of a man who changed so many lives over the course of his own life. Disabled Motoring UK is very honoured to be one of the charities that the family wants to raise money for in David's memory. You can find out more and donate Disabled Motoring UKin his memory at


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