Mike and Karen Sin­dle im­press Posh and Becks with their wheel­chair de­sign

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

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.

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