Sam’s dream chance

Samuel Roylance, East Midlands' winner of The Dream Lab. Photo contributed.
Samuel Roylance, East Midlands' winner of The Dream Lab. Photo contributed.

A CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH High School pupil is waiting to find out if his dreams come true in a national young inventor competition.

Samuel Roylance, 16, has already been announced as the East Midlands winner in Sound Asleep’s competition The Dream Lab, to find the next big thing in sleep innovation.

His invention – the ‘Rest-A-Way seat in a bag’ – will be one of nine entries to be judged by Trevor Baylis OBE and Ortis Deley, presenter of The Gadget Show, in the national finals.

The winner, who will be announced on Monday, will be awarded £20,000 for their school and £10,000 for themselves.

Year ten GCSE student Samuel researched and designed the Rest-A-Way, a lightweight rucksack which unfolds to become a comfortable, padded chair, over the summer holidays.

“I am absolutely speechless,” he said. “The money would mean so much to me if I won. I’d put it towards university fees, as I’ve always wanted to be a designer.”

Angela Whitham, Samuel’s design and technology teacher, added: “Samuel is over the moon that he’s got this far.

“He struggled a lot with the initial process as he has trouble with dyslexia, but this just proves that all his hard work and enthusiasm has paid off.”

People can vote for their favourite designs by searching Sound Asleep UK on Facebook, ‘liking’ the page and then voting in the poll. Voting closes at midday tomorrow (Friday).