This is our first blog post on Bespoken. We're in the process of crowd-funding to get a great new wheelchair product into production - at least we think it's great! - and would value any feedback or advice from the Bespoken community.
We're a small charity in Eastern Perthshire which helps individuals and groups with enterprise ideas - and last year Paul & Diana came to see us. Paul had created a new push-rim cover for manual wheelchairs to help his partner, Diana, to self-propel. She had been very ill, with a stroke and heart attack following a thrombosis - resulting in a leg amputation. She didn't have the strength to self-propel her wheelchair and was completely dependent on Paul, even to get round the house. With a background as a joiner and mould-maker, Paul made a prototype pair of Grippoz with a wooden mould in his garden shed.
Made from silicone, with dimples for grip, the covers slip easily onto the metal push-rim. As soon as Diana put them onto her wheelchair, she was able to self-propel and gained her independence. She also found that people wanted to stop and speak to her because of her bright pink Grippoz!
So many people expressed interest in getting a pair, we put our heads together and decided to set up a social enterprise to produce and market Grippoz across the UK and beyond. To raise the funding for the steel injection moulds, we set up a Kickstarter campaign. And from now until 8th December, we want to encourage as many people as possible to pledge small donations or pre-buy Grippoz to reach our target of £22,500. Please share the link with your friends and family and help us to make Grippoz available to all wheelchair users: http://www.grippoz.com/kickstarter
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