Hire a wheelchair

Hire a wheelchair from the British Red Cross for short-term use.

Not all our locations are bookable online. Find your local service here.

Find your local service

In some locations we are operating a delivery only service. To find out the services available in your area contact your nearest Mobility Aids Service.

In Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Wight and in parts of East Anglia, Hampshire and Avon & Wiltshire, we receive funding from health commissioners to help provide our service to local residents.

In these areas, local residents are able to borrow some mobility aids equipment for short-term use at no cost (although we may still ask for a voluntary donation). 

We are working in partnership with the NHS by providing wheelchairs to help people leave hospital and recover in the comfort of their own homes. To make a booking or to arrange a return, please call 0300 456 1914.

Our wheelchair service offers: 

  • wheelchairs in a range of types and sizes for anyone over the age of 5 years old
  • wheelchair accessories
  • locations across the UK  
  • the ability to book and pay online
  • use of a wheelchair from 1 to 20 weeks

How much it costs

Wheelchair and accessories

All our wheelchairs have a fixed of cost £17.50 per week to hire, with accessories offered free of charge.

There is an initial minimum hire period of 1 week and you can extend your booking up to a maximum of 20 weeks.

We offer assistance and support to those who may not be able to meet the financial costs, to speak to us about this call 0300 456 1914

Delivery and collection

Where possible we offer delivery and collection for individuals who may not be able to get to our local services. There is a charge of £20.


One I can push myself

Self-propelled chairs vary in weight and size: 

  • Weight is up to 18.5 kg
  • Width between 53.5 cm and 76.5 cm
  • Length is between 99 cm and 104 cm
  • Height is 95.5 cm

One someone else can push (transit)

Transit chairs vary in weight and size:

  • Weight is up to 16.8 kg
  • Width between 53.5 cm and 71.5 cm
  • Length between 84 cm and 109.5 cm
  • Height is 95.5 cm

Do you have an existing booking?

You can revisit your booking to cancel it if you have not yet received the wheelchair.

Contact us

If you have a question about your booking, please call us on 0300 456 1914.

Using your wheelchair

Our video guides and instruction leaflets explain how to use your wheelchair safely

Find your local Mobility Aids Service
Contact your nearest Mobility Aids Service to arrange to return your wheelchair.

It's important that you return your wheelchair on the date agreed so we can offer it to someone else who might need it.

We Are Undefeatable

We support the We Are Undefeatable campaign, in partnership with 14 other health charities and Sport England, to help people living with long term health conditions to be active.

I started dancing and fell in love with it. It has changed my life completely. The closest I feel to not being disabled anymore, I don’t think about my disability I think about the possibilities that I have.
Rebecca, Wheelchair dancer

For ideas on how to be active if you’re a wheelchair user visit the Activity Alliance website  or  NHS Choices.

Rebecca, a young woman, sits in her wheelchair holding a dance pose with her arms. Text on the photograph says 'I dance like the whole world's watching' and 'We are Undefeatable'.