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By Web Manager on 28 February 2018 15:11
A retired engineer has turned adversity into a potentially lucrative business by developing a dressing aid to help people with disabilities do one of the simplest of tasks.

Ray Bell, originally from Langley Park, in County Durham, was living on a narrowboat in Uxbridge, on the outskirts of London, when he suffered a back injury, which put him out of action, and eventually led to a hip replacement operation.

Following his release from hospital, and unable to get his socks on due to an inability to bend and reach his toes, he went looking for something to help, but was unable to find anything suitable in the shops to help.

But rather than be defeated, Ray, 77, set about developing a solution, using pieces of PVC guttering.

“I went into my local Wickes and bought a couple of pieces of black PVC guttering. Using a blow lamp, I heated the guttering and bent it into shape. I then used some more plastic to create a long handle, which enabled me to put on my socks and compression stockings from a seated position.”