Sixth formers win award for designs tailored to help disabled athletes

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Two Bedford School Sixth formers have been awarded prizes for their inventive design technology projects, tailored to help those with disabilities.

Angus Gill and Tom Booton, who put their innovative, design technology skills to great use with national charity REMAP, both received the Mike Carpenter Creativity Award for their inventive solutions. Angus worked closely with local Paralympic athlete Wayne Stevens, who is paralysed from the waist down, to create a special throwing frame. Wayne will be taking the throwing frame to the 2016 games, should he qualify. Tom designed an ingenious device for wheelchair users at Keech Cottage Hospice to enable them to play pool.

Head Master, James Hodgson, said: “We are incredibly proud of both Angus and Tom. It is wonderful that their hard work has been recognised, and that their thoughtful and original designs will make a real difference to the lives of the people they have helped.”

John Burnett, REMAP engineer, told us ‘Albert Einstein said, “You can get from A to Z by reasoning, but by imagination, you can get to the far horizon of reality”. The briefing although prescriptive, was very creatively interpreted by Tom and Angus.’

Angus and Tom have donated £50 of their prize money to Keech Cottage Hospice.