handSteady partners with Parkinson’s UK to promote new health care innovation

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Chris Peacock of handSteady has partnered with Parkinson’s UK to promote a special device that makes having a cuppa much easier to handle.

The device – a cup with a rotatable handle – is designed to make life easier for those living with Parkinson’s and other similar conditions by reducing the risk of spillage.

Parkinson’s is a progressive condition that affects the way the body moves and can cause tremors and rigidity and make drinking a cup of tea incredibly difficult.

Chris was inspired to create the handSteady cup – the first of its kind – after a close family member was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and saw first-hand how difficult life can be for people to carry out everyday activities. As a result, Chris wanted to invent a product to make the simple pleasure of enjoying a cup of tea much easier.    

Chris, who works as a product developer, explains: “Seeing people struggling with the daily symptoms of conditions such as Parkinson’s really showed me just how difficult even the most seemingly simple tasks can be, and I wanted to do something to help.

“People with Parkinson’s tell me how frustrated they are with standard cups and designing a new, easy-to-use cup seemed to me like the obvious answer.

And so, the plastic handSteady cup with a handle that pivots about the mug was born.

“We soon found that the technique of having a rotatable handle that moves freely using ball bearing was highly effective at making drinking easier. Guys and St Thomas' Charity in London lent us £50,000 in order to make handSteady a reality.

“Creating the handSteady cup has been a fantastic experience and I’m thrilled to see so many people with Parkinson’s using and enjoying the cup – and winning this award is just the icing on the cake.”

To ensure his new creation reaches those who need it most, Chris has teamed up with Parkinson’s UK, and the charity will receive £4 from the sale of each handSteady.

Steve Ford, Chief Executive at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Parkinson’s is a complex condition that can make even the most simple of tasks - like drinking a cup of tea - incredibly difficult at times. We are pleased to be working with Chris on this new invention that can make easily enjoying a cup of tea a reality once again for the 127,000 people living with Parkinson’s in the UK.”

The handSteady health innovation helps people with conditions like Parkinson’s, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke rehabilitation and tremor to make drinking with a cup easy again.

Standard cups are difficult to use for people with tremor, limited dexterity, slowness of movement, swallowing difficulties, weakness, joint or muscle pain and stiffness.

The handSteady cup can be lifted to the mouth without needing to bend the wrist. This is unlike a standard cup which forces people to continually bend their wrist to keep the cup upright.

Dr Michael Wright, Commercial Manager at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity who helped to fund the project, said: “We are delighted to have supported the development of handSteady, which is such a simple idea that promises to radically improve the quality of life of people living with health conditions.”

handSteady is priced at £39.99 with free postage worldwide. To order visit: http://www.handsteady.com.

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Media enquiries

Lee Armitt, Media & Communications Officer, Parkinson’s UK on 020 7932 1317/Out of hours 07961 460248 or larmitt (at) parkinsons (dot) org (dot) uk

For further information on handSteady call Chris Peacock on 078 9420 7980 or chris.peacock (at) handsteady (dot) com

For further information on Guys and St Thomas' Charity call the Head of Communications 020 7188 1218 or communications (at) gsttcharity (dot) org (dot) uk

Notes to editors

Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson's.

It affects 127,000 people in the UK - which is around one in 500 of the population.

One in 20 people are under 40 when they are diagnosed.

Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.

Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

For advice, information and support, visit http://www.parkinsons.org.uk or call our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.

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