A seven-year-old boy who has a mobility disability is now able to ride a bike with his friends thanks to his new tricycle.
Ethan Kennard, who has cerebral palsy and right hemiplegia, has been desperate to learn how to ride, but because of his condition, he has missed out - until now.
It’s been heart-breaking to see him watching his friends enjoying themselves on their bikes whilst he’s been unable to join inAlison Kennard
Dedicated fund-raising support from Caudwell Children helped Ethan’s family to raise the £1,462 to buy a specialist tricycle which has been specially designed to assist youngsters in their physical development and rehabilitation
Ethan’s mum, Alison Kennard, said: “Although Ethan is a bright and funny boy, his disability often makes him anxious. His condition affects his posture, movement and mobility. The right side of his body is weak and he has low muscle tone and control.
“As a result he is unable to ride a standard bicycle, something that he desperately wanted to do, which has affected his confidence. It’s been heart-breaking to see him watching his friends enjoying themselves on their bikes whilst he’s been unable to join in.”
Alison added that the tricycle has not only helped the Brockholes Wood Community Primary School pupil, but has had a positive impact on the family.
She said: “The trike has made Ethan so happy. Within five minutes of riding it his attitude had completely changed. To see the transformation was remarkable.
“It’s given him so much more confidence. Teenagers have passed by and stared at the tricycle and made comments like ‘That’s so cool’. Other children who don’t even know Ethan have gravitated towards him to ask him about it, so now he’s talking to more people.
“The tricycle has been engineered to make pedalling that much easier. So the regular exercise that he will get from using the tricycle will not only encourage self-mobility, but will also help strengthen his entire body and lower limbs.
“You can’t imagine how happy this has made me feel. I can’t thank Caudwell Children enough for making this happen.”
Mark Bushell, spokesman for Caudwell Children, said: “We’re delighted that Ethan has received his new tricycle. It will not only provide physical therapy but will also develop an increased sense of independence, which is so important for children of his age.
“Unfortunately, these highly specialised pieces of equipment come at a price, but with the continued support of the local community we can help even more children like Ethan.”
To make a donation to Caudwell Children visit www.justgiving.com/caudwell/