Alfie’s Story

David and Alfie, The Centaur
David Rajan: “I wanted something human-centred.”

Get on with life!

When David Rajan realised his son Alfie had cerebral palsy he set about finding a way he could help him lead an active life.

But as well as something functional, David wanted a machine that looked good and would be the envy of all who saw it.

David said: “I thought there’s bound to be someone out there, building something with state-of-the-art technology which would fit, but there wasn’t. All the existing wheelchairs – and I hate that word – were built by engineers.

Decades of experience

“I wanted something that was designed to be human-centred, met human needs and used technology to deliver that.”

David’s background was in product development and technology so he used his skills to come up with a solution.

He set up Centaur Robotics and assembled a group with decades of experience in the automotive industry. They designed and built an electric powered vehicle that met David’s vision – and Alfie’s needs.

The Centaur is the result.

PEV Wheelchair - Side View
The Centaur: Amazing technology

Although cerebral palsy can be defined – it’s a neurological disorder caused by the brain as it develops which affects muscle movement, speech and creates other challenges – having cerebral palsy does not define the person that has the condition.

Alfie, 11, has some limited movement and is at a mainstream school, but he’ll always need help to keep mobile.

‘I don’t see his disability’

 “My son is a human being – I don’t see his disability,” said David. “He wants a product that lets him get on with his life.

“You don’t want people to look at you with pity, but with envy that you have something that they don’t. You have something that this amazing technology gives you.

“That’s what the Centaur is all about.”