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'Unspillable’ spoon for shaky hands wins design award

22 January 2016

A spoon that doesn’t spill, designed for people with shaky hands as a result of disability, has won a top design award. 

The S’up Spoon was designed by Grant Douglas, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and won a Dragon’s Den-style innovation award. 

“I’ve always had difficulty using conventional cutlery, especially spoons,” said Douglas. 

“While I could get food on the spoon, by the time it got to my mouth, it would be everywhere apart from where I wanted it to be.

“One morning, my Mum was called away when she was feeding me, and this is when I had the lightbulb moment that I needed a spoon with a lid on it. A friend put me in touch with 4c Design and that was the real start of the S’up Spoon journey.

“Within days of receiving the first prototype spoon, I had a whole bowl of soup independently and went out for a Chinese and had two portions of rice, which was a first for me. So it is also effective in that it can be taken to restaurants without people staring and wondering what it is.”

The awards, by care provider, were there to inspire innovative product design to help people with physical and mental disabilities. 

Douglas, along with designer Marker Penver from 4c Design, won the top prize of £1000 as well as backing from Blackwood. 

“We hope with our backing and the backing from our partners, that the design will go on to help many people and improve their quality of living,” said Fanchea Kelly, Chief Executive at Blackwood.

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