Santander Grant Funding Applicaion

We have just entered this years ’60 Second Pitch Awards’ from Santander, the prize is £1500 so we are hoping do well! The idea is to do a 60 second summary video of your business and your vision for where its going. The video and its content is then judged by a panel to get through to a public voting round where you guys can vote upon who gets the funding. Our pitch is below. Hope you like it.

Louis was born with cerebral palsy and told he would never walk, but his physio helped him overcome this.

Growing up in the welsh countryside, he was limited to the pavement, but with his guidance, we designed a walker to give him freedom to explore.

Early intervention has most impact on the symptoms of cerebral palsy, but is not always available especially in places without proper roads, accessible health care, or appropriate mobility equipment. Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability amongst children. To them, we want to extend the same collaborative approach that has helped Louis reach the freedom he has today.

We believe in co-design, because we want to understand our users and their therapy.

We are redeveloping our walker in this way, to be flexible in low – resourced settings. Empowering users to adapt their walkers themselves, for their needs.
We aim to get the walker to those who need it most, through buy one give one schemes, donations, as well as crowdfunding and microfinance, because we believe that freedom should never be an unaffordable luxury.

This quote from Louis’ Grandma demonstrates the walkers impact on his life

“Louis has just used the prototype all-terrain walker to do a tough walk to Marlow’s Beach and back along the cliff path. These tough walks and beautiful scenery are really having a great impact on the quality of Louis’ life.” – Mary Hayes (Louis’ Grandmother)

In many developing countries, as few as one in six people own an assistive device that appropriately meets their needs. (WHO International – Joint position paper on the provision of mobility devices in less resourced settings – 2011)

Help us and become part of Louis’ story of collaboration

We are exyo – freedom to be


  1 comment for “Santander Grant Funding Applicaion

  1. February 17, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Hiya Folks

    Great stuff this we’ll big you up where we get the chance.

    Have you been in touch with us yet – maybe you would be interested in supporting Disability Sheffield

    Also, if you draft a little information piece we can circulate it in our news bulletins if you like.

    Take care and good luck.



    Come along to some of our events and join in the conversation : )

    Disability Hub – Disability Equality Roadshows
    The Equality Roadshows are being set up to hear first-hand from disabled people, their carers and families about the issues affecting them. This is to help the council focus on the biggest challenges and ensure they move forward. To do this effectively it’s important that disabled people and those with a long term health condition highlight the issues they themselves think need to be tackled.
    One of the main objectives is to further the 3 aims of the Equality Act; to eliminate unlawful discrimination; advance equality of opportunity; and foster good relations
    Partner organisations will bring people up to date with what’s happening in different parts of the City whilst the Disability Sheffield report ‘Developing Voice and Influence for disabled people in Sheffield’ provides further back ground reading.
    Disability Equality Roadshows
    So come and tell us what it’s like to live in your community if you have a disability or long term health condition. We are hosting a number of disability equality roadshows in partnership with community organisations:
    Monday 23rd Feb 10 – 12.30pm with Paces, High Green Development Trust & Community Organisers at: Paces Campus, Packhorse Lane, High Green
    Thursday 26th Feb 5.30 – 8pm for BSL users with Deaf Advisory Team, Sheffield Advice at: the Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW
    Monday 16th March – with Manor & Castle Development Trust at: Manor library
    Wednesday 24th March with SOAR at: Methodist Church, Firth Park
    For more information or to book a place at any of the events contact Andrew Crooks at Disability Sheffield on 0114 253 6750, email or go to Disability Equality Roadshows

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