Leeds couple’s creative inventions for Surbhi

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New mum Surbhi Trivedi lost the use of her right arm following an horrific motorbiking accident.

Her nerves were badly damaged after they were pulled out from her spinal chord when she fell onto her shoulder.

Surbhi uses  her 'gutter arm crutch stand' made by Brian GJ Wallwork and his wife Agnes.

Surbhi uses her 'gutter arm crutch stand' made by Brian GJ Wallwork and his wife Agnes.

For the last eight years Surbhi, 36, from Kirkstall, Leeds, has been unable to write with her right arm.

Creative couple Brian and Agnes Wallwork have come up with some solutions to help Surbhi regain her independence.

The couple, who live in Cookridge, made a special pen to help the management consultant write again as well as a special support crutch, which is used to rest her arm on.

Brian, 79, and Agnes, 71, have spent the last decade creating inventions for charity Remap which help to transform the lives of disabled residents across Yorkshire.

Surbhi said: “It will make so much of a difference and the physiotherapist has already said that my shoulder looks so much better.

“I can hold a hairdryer now and style my hair.

“I was unable to write with my right hand and that was so frustrating.

“After nearly seven years I still can’t write very fast with my left hand so I always wanted to regain that.”

She added: “I’m so excited and it’s made a massive difference.

“I’m really grateful to both of them and I just hope a lot of people who are like me get to know more about this fantastic organisation.”

Remap is a charity made up of dedicated craftsmen and engineers – many retired – who make free one-off aids for people with disabilities.

The Wallwork’s creations for Surbhi will be the charity’s 1,000th case since it started.

Brian crafted the pen using the handle of a file as a template and made the gutter crutch in the space of just one week.

To find out more about Remap or to volunteer as an engineer for the charity visit www.remap.org.uk.

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