Tomorrow’s Engineers Code Signatory gifted mother-to-be with pram adapted for wheelchairs

Mar 22, 2022

Cirencester Fabrication Services is a Signatory of the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code, a community that brings employers together to inspire a diverse engineering workforce. Signatories make 4 pledges to reach this goal, including inspiring connection, driving inclusion, showcasing engineering and improving impact.

Cirencester Fabrication Services turns inspiration into metal through a comprehensive metalworking, fabricating and welding service in the heart of the Cotswolds.

The engineers at Cirencester Fabrication Services have designed a special wheelchair adaptor which can carry a baby seat. They took on this challenge to help Laura Kirkby find a solution to the potential problem of transporting her newborn baby alongside her wheelchair.

This is a brilliant example of how engineering can be used to make a difference in the lives of others and contribute to the showcasing engineering pledge of The Code.

Marc Begg, the managing director of Cirencester Fabrication Services, said: "Laura wants to be able to go out like every other mother to show off her child. She had done a lot of research on it and had come up short. For us it seemed like a normal day-to-day job. It's what we do - we manufacture, we fabricate and we design things.

“It wasn't seen as an impossible task right from the word go, it was something we thought we could do after we had drawn up a design. We don't normally see emotion in what we do, so to be able to change someone's life and affect it in the way we have, it's quite a proud thing for us to do."

Commenting on her new device, Laura Kirkby said: "It works, it's safe and it's beautiful. I'm just so grateful. It's going to make a huge difference to my life. To have that normal experience as a parent being able to take your child out and show them off is a dream I didn't think was going to be achieved."

Any organisation with UK operations that funds, designs and/or delivers engineering-inspiration activities is invited to become a Signatory. It’s free to become a member of this community and any organisation not meeting the criteria above, can join as a Supporter.

Find out more on the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code website.

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