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We Launch #FamilyFriday!

The Cerebra Innovation Centre has helped lots of families with their designs over the years.

From items which have everyday applications such as the Oxy-gem and the GoTo Seat, to their larger projects such as the Surfboard and Triathlon equipment which have helped children such as Poppy achieve their dreams.

We want to celebrate all of our fabulous families with our new social media campaign – #FamilyFriday! Every Friday we’re going to dedicate our newsfeeds across our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to all our families – whether you’ve been helped by the CIC or not.

We need your help! Share your positive pictures on any of our social media channels using the hashtags #FamilyFriday #CIC #CerebraInnovationCentre and we will post as many as as we can!

As well as celebrating the positivity of our community, we also want to highlight the great work that the team at the Innovation Centre does. Also they are always looking for new challenges so if you have an idea for a piece of equipment that would benefit your child, or have a problem that you think they may be able to come up with a solution for, please get in touch at cic@cerebra.org.uk.

Rocket Shelves

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!

Medical Stand

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?

Surfboard

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:

 

 

 

 

Riding Helmet

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.

Surf Access Vehicle

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.

Poppy’s Dream

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.

Innovation Centre Test New Surf Boards

Our Innovation Centre has been doing some pioneering work with surfing equipment for disabled children over the past couple of years

They recently received funding from Claire’s Project which allowed them to produce two new surf boards, one of which was produced in time to be tested out at an event held by the Wave Project.

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 cic@cerebra.org.uk.

Holly’s Rocking Dinosaur!

Holly and her rocking dinosaur

Holly and her rocking dinosaur

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 cic@cerebra.org.uk or 01792 483688.