Students help keiron to go it alone

Kieron, the winning device and two of the winning team members at Sheffield University
Kieron, the winning device and two of the winning team members at Sheffield University
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LITTLE Keiron Norton took another step towards independence this week, thanks to students from Sheffield University.

Keiron, 11, has cerebral palsy and gets frustrated by having to rely on others for help. But a new Easy Mix invention – the winning entry in a university competition – means he can now cut, mix and cook food more easily.

The mixing bowl with a sealed lid through which implements fit, was designed by a ten-strong team of aerospace engineering students. Other entries in the contest included an arched computer keyboard, an interactive board game and a retractable wheelchair hood.

All were invented by teams of students following consultation with Keiron and his parents. It was the second such contest run by the university to help Kieron, who weighed only 595g when he was born and spent his first six months in an incubator.

Mum Sharon said: “Kieron loves cooking and is at an age where he wants to be independent; he gets quite frustrated when he can’t. Now he´ll be able to do things on his own, as well as cook with the other children at school.”

Student Davind Sessurn said: “We´re pleased to have won, but the aim really wasn´t about winning; it was about making Kieron´s life easier.