Mike and Karen Sindle impress Posh and Becks with their wheelchair design
IT MAY have taken six years to make, but Mike and Karen Sindle’s final product is bringing them results.
Their Trekinetic-K2 claims to be the world’s first carbon-fibre, threewheel, front-propelled wheelchair which can be used on all terrains. Launched last year, it has already been nominated for six international design awards and recently scooped the 2007 Frost and Sullivan Product Innovation Award for Europe.
Even Victoria and David Beckham have ordered one — for a Swansea family, through the celebrity couple’s eponymous children’s charity. The husbandand-wife team have also recently featured with their creation on the BBC’s regional-affairs programme Inside Out.
The North London couple came up with the idea in 2000. Mr Sindle, 51, tells People: “My family and I were at Luton airport about to go on holiday. I saw a cool-looking boy in a really old-fashioned wheelchair. I started sketching out a new design on the back of a boarding pass and soon realised that what the market needed was a portable, all-terrain wheelchair.”
Six “painful” years later, and the Trekinetic-K2 was launched, earning international acclaim. Almost 100 of the products, which cost from £2,195, have been sold. There are 300 people on the waiting list in the US and Canada while the couple look for a distributor.
They are members of Radlett & Bushey Reform Synagogue.