Children’s charity Cerebra are looking for families to test an exciting new product which will allow children who are reliant on oxygen tanks or ventilators the freedom and independence to move around on their own.
The Charity’s Innovation Centre (CIC) is dedicated to designing unique equipment for disabled children. They respond to requests from parents for solutions to everyday problems that can’t be found elsewhere on the market. Many families have requested help with transporting bulky oxygen cylinders which make daily life really difficult.
The team initially converted a Trunki suitcase so that it could carry an oxygen tank – which was a huge success as it gave children a level of independence. The CIC team have now started work on a brand new Oxygen Trolley which will hopefully incorporate a lot of new features.
The plan is to make one product that will enable children to transport their own oxygen, ventilator or food pump, and some toys/books etc to make it more inclusive and more of a toy that carries their equipment. The team are also trying to develop it so that it can be pushed along and thereby give support as a walker, or pulled along for the more mobile children, and can be sat on to act as a ride-on toy. An additional feature that the new Oxygen Trolley will benefit from is the addition of a steerable wheel to the front for children who are more mobile and stable.
All is looking good with the current design but the CIC team need help from you. Lots of willing product testers are needed to ensure the concept works and to help iron out any problems. If you think this would help your child, please get in touch with the CIC team on 01792 483688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The overall aim is to be able to make a really good product that will benefit many families across the UK.
Cerebra is a national charity supporting children with neurological conditions and their families. To find out more about the work that Cerebra does, and to find more information about the projects that the team at the Cerebra Innovation Centre is currently working on please visit www.cerebra.org.uk.