Sheffield woman beats odds to win royal approval

Claire Bradwell, from Sheffield, has been honoured today at a royal ceremony in London
Claire Bradwell, from Sheffield, has been honoured today at a royal ceremony in London

A Sheffield mum who battled serious illness and went on to create a successful business has won a top honour.

Claire Bradwell, 29, was named runner-up for the RBS enterprise award at The Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards – with Prince Charles looking on.

She was one of three finalists in her category, recognising the achievements of young people who have overcome issues such as abuse, drug addiction, homelessness and depression.

Claire was diagnosed with cancer at 22, later gave birth to a child with a serious congenital hip problem and had to have a hysterectomy.

While recovering she designed a chair that would give comfort and security to children with similar hip problems.

Inspired by the shape of a jelly bean, her Hip-rocker is a specially designed rocking chair with table that allows children to sit upright to be fed and entertained, while they are in a restrictive cast.

And the business she set up to market her product with the help of The Prince’s Trust is now having international success.

Claire, who lives in Wadsley, said: “Just to be here in London to be recognised in this way is overwhelming.

“There were times when I just wanted to give up, but The Prince’s Trust were with me the whole way and they gave me the strength and the support to keep going.

“I am now the proud owner of a successful business and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.”

TV sports presenter Gabby Logan, who compèred the event, said: “Claire is a shining example of triumph over adversity.

“She had to overcome a lot of challenges to get to where she is today, but is now a successful entrepreneur who is inspiring other young people.”

Claire said: “In a space of six months I went from not knowing if I was going to live or die and leave three young children, to running my own business and helping other parents with my products.”