Before his exciting life as a stunt man and professional swimmer, Trevor has always shown a mechanical mind, creating all kinds of amazing things from Meccano from the age of seven. However, it was his time with those who been injured during performances that turned his mind back to engineering. Trevor produced an invention called the Orange Aid, an item that helped those with a disability to hold and manoeuvre everyday items with ease.
After seeing a television programme on AIDS in Africa in 1989, Trevor decided to find a way to educate those in rural communities about the disease. The main issue was that these communities had no access to electricity or batteries, so Trevor created the clockwork radio. Although it provided 14 minutes of radio for 2 minutes of winding, no one Trevor approached would take on the idea. However, in 1994, his prototype was featured on the BBC's Tomorrow's World and this gained him enough investors to form Freeplay Energy. Today there is an updated version of the Freeplay Radio, which has a built in solar panel for increased playing time.