A lightweight walking stick that doubles up as a seat has been put forward for an award given out by Remap, a charity that makes custom equipment for disabled people when no other kit is available on the market.
Caryn Moberly (pictured), from Henley, invented the device which is designed for people who need help while walking and who also may need to sit and rest.
After designing the prototype, Moberly worked on the device for several months and sought help from local engineers.
The device has been modified and improved and made for several disabled people but Moberly hopes it will be able to enter production on a larger scale.
Moberly is a volunteer at Remap and told a local newspaper that the charity’s aim was to help disabled people by custom making equipment free of charge.
She told the Henley Standard: “You are improving their lives or you are enabling them to keep doing something so their life does not deteriorate.
“Other inventions enable them to do new things. It’s good to help and really rewarding.”
“People don’t pay for them but they can make a donation to Remap if they want. What we do is a free service.”
One user of the device said that she had been struggling to stand up or walk for a long time.
“The seating stick was very useful as I could sit down to rest for two or three minutes when I needed to but also put it on my back and carry it around. I did not use it all the time but it was helpful when I was out for a long time.”