Launched in 2008

Steve Wilkinson aka “WheelchairSteve” thought it would be appropriate to have an annual celebration day dedicated to wheelchair users, being one himself.

On searching Google and finding one didn’t exist, he posted a blog on the social media site, Ecademy declaring that 1st March 2008 was International Wheelchair Day.

He chose that date as a dedication to his late Mother, Joyce, who was born on 1st March 1929.

The most significant reply came from John von Nuding. John pointed out that 1st March 1922 was also the birthday of the late Michael Flanders, who was in a wheelchair after contracting Polio in 1943. Michael was one half of Flanders and Swann, the popular singing duo in the 1950s and 60s.

Michael is also the father of Stephanie Flanders, the BBC Economics Editor.