There were no stumbling blocks for eight-year-old, Max Vanstone, a pupil at Shepherd Primary School, Rickmansworth, who proudly showed off his wacky wheelchair design created from Lego, as part of a fun schools’ challenge organised by Aylesbury-based, Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research (SMSR).
The ‘Design a Wheelchair with the WOW Factor’ competition is encouraging Primary and Secondary schools and pupils to get designing a wheelchair of the future, using cardboard, papier mache, Lego or recyclable materials.
Commenting on his wheelchair design, Max said: “It has got controls, a food tray including pizza and ice cream, a TV, a screen, a radio, handles for the carer to push, a number plate and a comfortable seat.
“It has also got a little storage compartment in the back and a drinks dispenser. The wheels are big and sturdy and can move freely. The person in the wheelchair will feel happy, well protected and comfortable.”
SMSR fundraising manager, Charlotte Minoprio, commented: “We’re really hoping children who are either stuck at home due to lockdown or are now back at school will want to take part in this fun challenge.
“It’s a chance to use their imagination and show off their creative flair by using whatever materials they like for their designs, and will also give them an insight into what life is like for someone who has to use a wheelchair every day.”
Two winners will each receiving a £50 voucher for WHSmith sponsored by Aylesbury estate agent George David. In addition, each winner’s school will be offered a free interactive disability awareness assembly with an SMSR Ambassador.