Rent or hire a wheelchair

Find out about hiring a wheelchair for short term use

Need to hire a wheelchair? The British Red Cross provides wheelchair hire services across the UK.

We offer comfortable, safe, and reliable manual wheelchairs whether you’re looking for self-propelled or transit wheelchairs.

Find out more information about the types of wheelchairs we offer and how to use them.

The wheelchairs are suitable for anyone over the age of 5 and are available in a wide range of sizes, with fitted footrests as standard and free accessories such as leg elevators, cushions, and stump supports available to improve your comfort*.


*subject to availability

person in a British Red Cross wheelchair

We offer:

  • wheelchair hire for £22 a week with variable delivery and collection options available at £25 if applicable**
  • free wheelchair accessories
  • flexible hire periods (minimum hire period 1 week) at locations UK wide

**May not apply to certain geographical areas depending on local arrangements. In Northern Ireland, Hampshire and Norfolk, delivery times are subject to availability. Deliveries to Scottish Islands and Highlands, and Isles of Scilly may have separate pricing structures.

Book a wheelchair

Making your booking

To hire a wheelchair, you will need to know:

  • measurements of the wheelchair user at their widest point (usually hips and thighs) and add 1” / 2.5cm for comfort
  • weight of the wheelchair user
  • accessories needed

Book a wheelchair

Find your nearest wheelchair service

Find out what wheelchair hire services are available in your area, where applicable. 

Find your nearest service

Returning your wheelchair

When your hire period has come to an end, please call us on 0300 456 1914 to extend your hire or email us at with your preferred collection date to make arrangements for the wheelchair to be returned.

Please also:

  • make sure all items are returned, including your box (if applicable), cushions, leg elevators, and footplates
  • be aware any missing or damaged items may incur a fee

About our wheelchair service

The British Red Cross is the largest national provider of short-term wheelchairs in the UK, supplying over 58,000 wheelchairs every year. We’re committed to ensuring that everyone who needs a temporary wheelchair has access to one and have been providing this service for over 107 years.

Wheelchair hires allow us to support those most in need and provide wheelchairs to them at no cost. We are non-profit making, and every penny of surplus income supports people who need our help.

A volunteer looks at a British Red Cross wheelchair

A carer looks at a British Red Cross wheelchair

Choosing the right wheelchair

The wheelchair you choose must be right for your needs. Find out more about the different types of wheelchairs we offer, learn how to use them, and how to fit wheelchair accessories with our guides.

> Learn to use a wheelchair

Need further assistance?

We offer assistance and support to those who may not be able to meet the financial costs.

If you need assistance, have a question about your booking, need your wheelchair for longer, or if your equipment becomes damaged, please call us on 0300 456 1914.

A British Red Cross volunteer stands next to van that delivers wheelchairs

Our partnerships

In Wales, Northern Ireland, Hampshire, Hampshire and Norfolk health commissioners fund our service, and local residents can borrow mobility aids equipment for short-term use at no cost.

We work in partnership with the NHS by providing wheelchairs to help people leave the hospital and recover in the comfort of their own homes. In these instances, we rely on our users to make a donation towards the cost of the service.

Terms and conditions (PDF).