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‘Life-changing’ trike for Adam

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 04, 2013

Adam with his new trike

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A LEEK youngster's life has been changed after he has received a specialist therapy tricycle worth more than £1,000.

However, the charity providing the equipment is in urgent need of financial help to continue its work of helping children.

Adam Shepherd, was diagnosed Cerebral Palsy when he was just one month old. The neurological condition affects Adam's independent mobility which means he is unable to use a standard bike.

The youngster also has epilepsy and is partially sighted. He attends Horton Lodge Special School each week for physiotherapy.

The donation by the charity now means Adam will be able to join in playtime with his nine-year-old sister Claire, gain independence, and help him get the physiotherapy he requires for his condition in a fun way.

Adam's mum, Annmarie, said: "Adam loves his bike. It has already allowed him to gain so much independence instead of having to be carried around.

"We have to help stretch Adam's muscles and give him physiotherapy at home, so having the tricycle where he can do this whilst playing will really help him.

"As parents we want Adam to be able to experience the same things as his sister does, like riding a bike.

"We are really looking forward to being able to take Adam to play outside and to the park with his sister.

"It's really important that charity's like Caudwell Children exist. Without them Adam wouldn't be able to look forward having this experience with his sister.

"Also people in the town have been so good. Leek Town Football Club and some shops have been very supportive. We have help some fundraising event and are donating money to the Caudwell Children."

Caudwell Children say more funds are desperately needed for disabled youngsters like Adam and are urgently appealing to get more help.

The charity wants to hear from anyone who can stage a fund-raising event, raffle or make a donation to help youngsters in and around the Staffordshire Moorlands like Adam.

Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, said: "The tricycle is crucial in helping Adam improve his movement and feel included, but our funds are running low and unless we get the support of the local community donations like this will disappear.

"We are appealing for kind-hearted members of the public who may be able to fundraise or donate to Caudwell Children and help local families.

"Equipment like this is not available on the NHS, so Caudwell Children is a lifeline for families caring for a disabled child.

"We are anxious to get as much support as possible from the local community, no matter how big or small, so equipment like this can be made available for other children; but we can't do it alone."

To donate to the appeal, please visit www.justgiving.com/Adam-S, or text ASHD55 £2 to 70070. Alternatively call Mary Rose at Caudwell Children on 01782 600433 or email mary.rose@caudwellchildren.com

Meanwhile the charity, which has organised the Destination Dreams holiday annually since 2007, have also launched the 'Keep The Dream Alive' appeal as the holiday is in jeopardy due to lack of funds.

To date over 180 families have enjoyed the holiday but the charity need to raise a total of £250,000 to ensure that others continue to enjoy what may be the only family holiday they get to have.

A dedicated team of paediatric doctors and paramedics accompany the families, allowing children with very high medical needs to travel, often for the first time in their short lives.

Trudi Beswick, said: "The need for funds is urgent as without sufficient funds the trip can't go ahead. For some of these children 2013 may be the last chance they have to take any kind of holiday.

"So far we have raised over £100,000 towards the 2013 trip, but we still have a long way to go. We are hoping to secure the trips future with the help of individuals, businesses, schools, in fact the whole community.

"It has become a vital part of our work to support families and one that we are determined to see continue for many years to come."

To get involved or for more information about Keep The Dream Alive emailkeepthedreamalive@caudwellchildren.com call 01782 600 651.

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