‘Wash while you pedal’ concept

Richard Hewitt
Richard Hewitt

A YOUNG Sheffield inventor is looking for a benefactor to help fine-tune a pedal-powered washing machine that can be used in the developing world.

Richard Hewitt, aged 21, of Ecclesall, developed the SpinCycle concept while gaining a product design degree at Hallam University. He visited Burundi in Central Africa, where he thought there must be a better way of washing clothes than by hand.

With a device that can be fitted to the back of any bicycle, he produced a working prototype at Incub, the product ‘incubator’ for the Sheffield firm Gripple.

Now Richard needs £12,000 to help him work towards production in numbers.

He can be contacted on 2800859.