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All-terrain wheelchair for children in France

Purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair for children in the north of France

In 2013, the Air Liquide Foundation supported the Association Pimpren’Ailes and made a commitment to the social integration of people with reduced mobility.

Discovering nature with reduced mobility

Simply getting around town is no easy thing for people with reduced mobility; discovering nature and the French heritage is even harder. Although authorities have made significant efforts in this regard, many places are still inaccessible to conventional wheelchairs. Based on this observation, the association Primpren’Ailes was created in 2011 to work in favor of the social integration of the disabled. Primpren’Ailes organizes themed walking tours with cultural visits for people with reduced mobility.

For this purpose, the association provides participants with all-terrain wheelchairs designed for hiking. Hikers can discover natural reserves, the seaside and multiple cultural places in the North department. The association also organizes trips in other regions, in the mountain for example. During each excursion, two valid people escort a person with reduced mobility. This diversity between valid and disabled hikers benefits both: it enables accompanied people to break out of isolation and offers accompaniers the chance to make very valuable encounters. With the support of the Air Liquide Foundation, Pimpren’Ailes purchased a new all-terrain hiking wheelchair fit for children, thanks to a special shell adapted to their size and morphology.


  • Project initiator: Association Pimpren’Ailes
  • Location: Gravelines, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
  • Year of support: 2013
  • Air Liquide Sponsor: Mickael Falvo, Air Liquide France Industrie

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