Borrow a wheelchair

Borrow or hire a wheelchair from the British Red Cross for short-term use.

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 2 to 20 weeks

How much it costs

Wheelchair and accessories

Our wheelchairs cost £15 per week to hire.

The charge for accessories is £3 per week.

There is an initial minimum hire period of 2 weeks 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 people who may not be able to get to our local services.

The charge for delivery and collection is £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 66 cm
  • length between 99 cm and 104 cm
  • height is 94 cm.

One someone else can push (transit)

Transit chairs vary in weight and size:

  • weight is up to 14 kg
  • width between 53.5 cm and 66 cm
  • length between 84 cm and 91.5 cm
  • height is 94 cm.

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

Returning your wheelchair

Contact your nearest 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'.