Lesley Cartwright-Taylor began her career as a bio-scientist, working for more than 35 years in clinical and veterinary research, and had no experience designing products.
However, when she had her own family, she became aware that small children had a struggle managing to walk up and down the stairs; the steps were up to their knees and the handrail was, for the most part, too high and too large to hold. The risk of a fall was all too likely.
For years Lesley assumed that a product to tackle this dangerous issue would become available as after all, stair safety is a significant concern for most parents. However, the only widely-used product for stairs was a safety gate. As practical as these gates are, they do not help a child whilst walking up and down the stairs; they simply help to stop access.
In 2016 Lesley decided to conduct some research regarding stair safety and was shocked to discover that in the UK, approximately 58,000 children under the age of five have accidents on the stairs, and 35,000 children under four fall down the stairs each year (RoSPA). In the USA the figure was almost double these figures, and these figures represented the reported accidents alone.
Lesley decided that if no one else was going to address this problem, she would try and develop a solution. To create a product like KiddieRail, she realised that she needed the help of a company with the right skills and experience. That’s why in 2020, she decided to partner up with Cardea Solutions.
Established in 1999, Cardea Solutions has 22 years of experience taking high-quality, durable and effective child safety and security products to market, Cardea recognised the huge potential in Lesley’s idea and agreed to work alongside her to make the stairs a much safer place for every child to walk up and down and in the process reduce the number of recorded accidents whilst offering parents and carers peace of mind. We are delighted to present the award-winning KiddieRail.