Loyd takes on ‘Wheely Great Challenge’ to help others

Written by Lexi Heselwood on 26th May 2022

Loyd Wildridge – a previous beneficiary of Children Today – is taking on a walking challenge for Children Today’s ‘Wheely Great Challenge’ this summer!

Loyd has chosen to walk 10K in 10 different towns, including Liverpool, Chester, Birkenhead and Ellesmere Port throughout June. 

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Helen, Loyd’s mum says:

“When Loyd was six he suffered a number of seizures and was put into a medically induced coma, resulting in brain damage. The damage to his brain left him unable to walk or talk.

“Over the years he’s slowly relearnt to walk and talk, but he is still severely mentally and physically disabled. He can only walk short distances and he occasionally uses a wheelchair, as he tires easily, so this is a big challenge for Loyd.”

Children Today funded an adapted trike for Loyd to help with his rehabilitation after an operation on both his legs in 2016. The trike helped Loyd rebuild his core strength and build up his leg muscles through gentle exercise.

Loyd with his mum, Helen, on his adapted trike which helped him build up strength and stamina following an operation on both legs

Helen continues:

“In spite of his challenges, Loyd’s incredibly active and loves all kinds of sports. He enjoys playing football and boccia, which is similar to boules, and he understands all too well how adapted equipment can help those with a disability be more active.

“I’m so very proud of Loyd. He has a beautiful heart and always wants to try and help others.”

Last year Loyd took on the nationwide 5K May challenge in aid of Children Today and smashed his target, raising over £1,800.

Loyd’d 5K May challenge last year raised over £1800.

Emma Prescott, charity director at Children Today, adds:

“Those with a disability are twice as likely to be inactive as able-bodied children, which is why we’ve launched the ‘Wheely Great Challenge’ this year to help disabled children and young adults be more active. 

“We know that getting regular exercise can be more difficult for those with a disability. Access to sporting groups and equipment can be a challenge in itself. So, it’s vital that they have access to their own equipment and get the support they need to stay fit and healthy.

“The ‘Wheely Great Challenge’ is all about challenging yourself to help others. For some that may be a 10K run or taking on an epic cycling challenge, while for others, it may be something simpler.   

“Loyd has whole-heartedly embraced this ethos. He’s an absolute inspiration, and proof that the ‘Wheely Great Challenge’ really is for everyone regardless of ability.

“We’d love to see more local people take inspiration from Loyd and take on their very own challenge. You can cycle, roll, push or scoot your challenge. Or if wheels aren’t your thing why not set yourself a running, walking, skipping or even swimming challenge instead? The possibilities are endless!”

Children Today staff will be joining Loyd for part of his challenge on 13th June in Chester to show their support. 

Emma adds:

“It’s safe to say that Loyd holds a very special place in our hearts here at Children Today. Anyone who has met him can’t help but be moved by his zest for life and kind-hearted nature. We’re behind you all the way Loyd!”

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