The Brother’s Trust funds a new prototype for the Arm Assist Suit.

April 30, 2024 1:20 pm

The revolutionary Arm Assist Suit rebranded ELEVEX project has received Grant Funding of £50,000 from Alex’s Wish, with the support of The Brothers Trust

ELEVEX is being developed by Duchenne UK (DUK) in partnership with Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK, the University of Liverpool and University of Central Lancashire.

The device has the potential to help others not just affected by Duchenne, including Spinal Muscular Atrophy and those with neuromuscular diseases, stroke survivors, and military veterans.

Emily Reuben, CEO and Co-Founder of DUK, says: “The technological evolution in hardware has ignored the disabled. We have mobile phones, electric cars, drones – but nothing to help disabled people move their arms. We are delighted to be able to employ the state-of-the-art technology developed by SRI International in a product that will meet this need.”

Emma Hallam, Alex’s Wish founder and mum to Alex, said: “We are so incredibly grateful to The Brothers Trust for their ongoing support with this project.  Their latest grant of £35,000 has enabled us to invest further into the development of the ELEVEX suit (previously known as The Smart Suit and Arm Assist Suit) to help support all boys living with Duchenne who cannot use their arms.  Thank you to Nikki Holland, Tom Holland, and the team at The Brothers Trust for making this happen, their support means the absolute world to us and families living with Duchenne.”

The ELEVEX suit will give back what Duchenne steals from young people, by restoring the use of their arms.  The funding that we have received from The Brother Trust will fund a new prototype. This suit will transform lives by ultimately delivering a measurable impact on inclusion, educational attainment, and participation in society at large.

Nikki Holland from the Brother Trust said “We are delighted to be able to help fund a new prototype for the Elevex suit.  This project will have a huge impact on lives and the way that boys with Duchenne, and those that have lost the ability to use their arms, can participate and do things that many of us take for granted”

This product is being designed with the view of benefiting the wider Duchenne population, not just in the UK but worldwide, as well as other disease areas and conditions with loss of upper body function.

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