Pensioner’s invention becomes global success

Multi- Purpose Drying Caddy Christine Daws Steyning SUS-150515-171451001
Multi- Purpose Drying Caddy Christine Daws Steyning SUS-150515-171451001

A Steyning grandmother has been celebrating as her original invention is gaining global orders.

A Steyning grandmother has been celebrating as her original invention is gaining global orders.

Christine Daws’ journey began when she became frustrated with items like recyclable bottles, plastic bags and rubber gloves cluttering her draining board.

Using a small wirework basket and two pairs of knitting needles attached with crochet cotton, Christine had her very own drying device prototype.

She collaborated with leading invention development company Innovate Product Design for help with developing, protecting and commercialising her design.

Christine said: “My journey goes to show that you can embark on a new career at any age and a grandma can learn new tricks. It was great meeting Innovate as they were really excited about the possibility of the product.”

Innovate’s Managing Director, Alastair Swanwick, said: “This demonstrates that age is no barrier for entrepreneurship.”

Orders have been sent to the UK, New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, Ghana and France.

Innovate developed the idea so that Christine could present her invention to KitchenCraft, who have licensed it under the name Multi-Purpose Drying Caddy.

It is now for sale in shops, garden centres and also through Amazon.

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