These cool shelves were designed for a young boy and to help his mum who has to transport numerous medical machines whilst transferring him from room to room. They have been styled to suit a child’s bedroom and be more like a child’s toy rather than looking dull and medical! They feature 3 shelves, space to store an oxygen bottle, a 4 socket extension lead so all the machines are plugged in and you only need one wall socket, and 4 omnidirectional wheels so it can be moved around effortlessly. Additionally there is ample space to wind wires and store bits and bobs!
Our aim was to create a fun and colourful alternative to the stainless steel apparatus currently offered to children needing any portable medical equipment such as food pumps or intravenous drips. Having one of these next to a hospital bed would brighten the day of any young patients. So far we’ve prototyped a giraffe, rocket and a tree but the possibilities are endless! Maybe we should make a dinosaur next?
Created in partnership with Surfability UK and Roger Cooper, our surfboard was designed for children with limited mobility and brain conditions. It allowing wheelchair-bound adrenaline junkies to get out of their chairs and onto the water. The tandem design includes a supportive seat for the child and plenty of space on the back for an experienced surfer to steer it in the right direction. They have been a great success providing endless hours of fun to thrill-seeking children who could not otherwise experience the benefits and thrill of catching waves.
“He’s like the king of the sea. He can sit back relax and ride the wave. It’s amazing and opens up so many options, not just for Kai, but for other children with disabilities.”
Our surfboard can be used and enjoyed at all of these great surf schools:
We were approached by a school on behalf of a young man called Tommy Lee. Tommy Lee was unable to participate in their weekly horse riding sessions as the riding centre didn’t have a helmet that would fit Tommy’s unique head shape. So we worked on designing and making this bespoke riding helmet; enabling Tommy to take part in riding lessons with his friends.
The helmet was not only comfortable but safe, and thanks to the generosity of the British Standard Institute (BSI) it’s certified too, passing the VG1 Equestrian helmet tests.
Our Surf Access Vehicle (SAV) allows disabled people to access the sea. One or more instructors can control the chair, and there are numerous other points around the chair to help move the SAV over rough terrain, slippery ground or inclines. The SAV is designed to sink into the water so the back rest can lie flat, meaning the surfer can slide off backwards and directly onto the surfboard. Alternatively, the board and surfer can lie prone on the platform and then simply slide straight off and into the water.
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In 2016 we made Poppy’s dream come true by designing and making all of the equipment she needed to take her and dad Rob to the finish line of the Cardiff Triathlon in style. Despite being born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease, Poppy is a determined character and a real thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie! Huge thank you to everyone that helped us make these cool and unique products a reality, and make Poppy’s dreams come true.
The board was used by about 10 children over the course of the weekend and even got used by a dad sitting in the seat holding his young daughter.
Ross Head from the Cerebra Innovation Centre said: “It went down a storm with everyone saying about how great it was. They are the happiest bunch of humans I have every come across!”
Some great photos of the day were taken by Checkered Photography.
You can find out more about CIC’s work here.
If you think they can help you with a problem, contact the team at [email protected].
Liz and Jim are parents to 15 month old Holly and they recently contacted the Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) with a challenge to complete in time for their daughter’s first birthday. They told us their story:
“We contacted the Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) after realising the first birthday present we had bought for our daughter, when she was just a month old, was completely inappropriate. Holly loves rocking and we really wanted to get her a rocking animal for her first birthday and we found a dinosaur. The problem was that it was unlikely Holly would ever be able to use it as it had no harness or support.
Holly has a rare chromosome disorder. She has duplications on 2q24.2 and 2q24.3. This manifests as Holly having hypotonia, global developmental delay, visual impairment, Sandifer Syndrome and food allergies. She is at a high risk of developing autism and epilepsy but we are lucky that she seems to be ok at the moment. As Holly has hypotonia her core is very weak and so she struggles to sit unsupported.
Holly is a really happy, wonderful little person and we wanted her to be able to enjoy her rocking dinosaur. We approached Ross and the team at the CIC to see if it would be possible to convert her toy so she can enjoy it safely, as it is one of the few toys she has that is just for her to have fun and enjoy being a little girl. They rose to the challenge beautifully and added pieces to it so that we could attach the Firefly GoTo seat, which would keep her safe.
Holly loves her dinosaur, she can make it rock by herself and she is independent. We are so grateful to Cerebra for making this possible for Holly. It even arrived back in time for her first birthday!”
If you have an idea for a piece of equipment that you would like the CIC team to build, you can get in touch with them at [email protected] or 01792 483688.
We catch up with the latest news from our Innovation Centre, designing cool products to help children discover life and have fun alongside their friends.
“How fab is this? Cerebra’s Innovation Centre made my daughter Blisse a portable unit for her equipment ready for when we move to her bungalow. It means when Blisse is unwell I can take her to my bedroom or living room and not worry about having it laid on the floor etc with wires everywhere. It has extra shelves to put other things such a pads and toys. It will eventually also have a pole to attach her feed machine to as well. We love it. Her nurse last night was very impressed with it. Thank you so much to the team who made this and put such a girly stamp on it for us”.
— Laura, Blisse’s mum
Slumber Camp Bed
We’ve been asked many times recently for a product to help with changing children when out and about. Unfortunately this has had us stumped, as we have been unable to design something that we are able to make with the materials and processes (not to mention budget!) available to us. However, we have found a solution that might suit some people. The Freedom Trail Slumber Aluminium Camp Bed is a great little camp bed that folds away to 90x19x9cm but when assembled it is 40cm off the ground and long enough for an adult. Although it requires 5 minutes assembly, it will keep children off of the floor whilst changing. We appreciate that is only goes a small way to helping with a very difficult situation, but hope that it might be of help to some of you.
Prince Edward visits ALEX
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex recently officially opened the University of Wales Trinity St David’s Alex Building in Swansea, home to our Innovation Centre. He particularly enjoyed chatting with our team and meeting some of the families that we have helped with our innovative designs. You can read about his visit here and watch a short film of the visit here.
Congratulations to Ross Head, Product Design Manager at our Innovation Centre, who has been awarded the title of Associate Professor. So, it’s now Associate Professor Ross Head, Product Design Manager, CIC. Congratulations Ross!