a MUM was inspired to set up her own business helping children with a medical condition after witnessing the plight of her daughter.
Baby Daisy Bradwell was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, where the ball and socket hip joint fails to develop normally.
The Rotherham youngster had to undergo an operation aged one and was put in a special cast called a hip spica to try to correct the problems she was born with.
Mum Claire Bradwell,aged 27, of Herringthorpe, who suffered from cervical cancer while pregnant, struggled to manage as Daisy was in constant pain and could rarely find somewhere safe or comfortable for her to sit.
While recovering from her hysterectomy in September last year Claire - also mother to six-year-old twins David and Michael - had the idea to make a chair designed for thousands of children diagnosed with hip dysplasia in the UK every year.
She said: “Those three months were very hard. The boys went from having a little sister who could crawl and move around to her being stuck in one position.
“The cast came from the middle of her chest right down towards her legs, which were kept in a frog-like position and she had a bar between them. Carrying her around constantly was hard because of the extra weight and if we sat anywhere she would fall. I couldn’t do everyday tasks.
“I was reading my diary from when Daisy was in a cast and realised there wasn’t anything on the market that was affordable and child-friendly a child in a hip spica cast could sit in safely. So I started to design the chair.”
Claire developed a prototype and then applied for a business loan from the Prince’s Trust and her company Hip Rocker was born.
A family in High Green, Sheffield, were so desperate one of Claire’s chairs they bought a pre-production model before the official business launch with Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey