10-year-old Hannah, who has Cerebral Palsy, is unable to ride a regular bike due to her condition but thanks to Children Today, she now has her very own adapted trike.
Her mum, Joanne Salt, says:
“Hannah suffered loss of oxygen at birth resulting in Cerebral Palsy and also had dislocated and displaced hips. She had an operation the day before her third birthday, in which both her legs were broken and her hips were twisted and put back into place. Hannah won’t ever be able to walk, but she’s going from strength to strength, and like most 10-year-old girls is fiercely independent and headstrong.
“Hannah hates having to use hoists but there’s still a lot of work to be done in building up strength in her legs to enable her to transfer safely from her wheelchair. Her trike has made a huge difference; it’s really helping her to build muscle tone.
“Before covid Hannah did a lot of swimming through school to help her build strength and get regular exercise, but during the lockdowns she couldn’t go, so the trike was one of the only ways she could get any exercise.”
Not only is the trike providing the opportunity for essential physical exercise, it’s also made her feel more included according to her mum.
“Hannah is a typical 10-year-old; she loves anything to do with unicorns and glitter and she’s obsessed with hair and make-up. Seeing her on the trike makes me so happy that she gets to feel like she’s a typical young girl. Her older brother, Freddie – who is very protective of Hannah – loves cycling and she’s so happy that she can now join him.
“We live near a cycling track, so she gets plenty of opportunity to use the trike there. We’re also really looking forward to taking the trike to the coast for a ride along the beach, which is something Hannah’s never been able to do until now. We’re so grateful to Children Today for making this dream come true!”