Top solution for a rainy day

PUBLISHED: 19:11 14 March 2011 | UPDATED: 15:31 20 February 2013

Sarah London

Sarah London

A plastic raincover on her son's pushchair prompted Sarah London to consider designing a similar solution to protect her own hair. "It was a bit like wanting to solve a difficult crossword puzzle and I spent a long time...

A plastic raincover on her son's pushchair prompted Sarah London to consider designing a similar solution to protect her own hair. "It was a bit like wanting to solve a difficult crossword puzzle and I spent a long time tinkering with the idea," says Sarah.

With support from Business Link and initial concept work with Designworks in Windsor, she eventually came up with the idea of the "pophood" and launched her first range of showerproof jackets to test the market last year.

"The feedback was great and people really liked this type of hood," says Sarah. A full range of rain macs and jackets was made available on line and through county shows, and now also through the first retail outlet, Beautifully Active in Whielden Street, Old Amersham.

After a 20-year career at British Airways, latterly as HR manager, Sarah is delighted with her success and already has two awards, a Special Recognition in the British Female Inventor and Innovator Awards and a Platinum Award at the British Invention Show. "I'm glad I took the plunge," she adds.

The pophoods will be on sale at a Christmas Shopping Evening at Lent Rise School, Burnham, November 6, and at the Holiday Bazaar at the Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead, November 7.

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