Hope’s given a new lease of life thanks to specialised trike
Girl with Apert Syndrome now able to take part in family bike rides
A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl from Gerrard’s Cross is sitting pretty after a children’s charity provided funding for her very own specialised trike.
Hope Moreton, who has Apert Syndrome, was unable to ride a bike previously due to her condition, which has made her hands and feet severely deformed.
Adaptations on the special trike mean that Hope can pedal backwards instead of using the handles to brake, so she can now join her twin brother and older sister on family bike rides for the first time.
With specialised trikes costing more than £1,000, Hope’s mum Claire applied to the charity Children Today for funding, as the family would have been unable to buy Hope’s trike without additional support.
Children Today provided a grant for the full amount of £1,200, with Mrs Moreton saying the timing of the donation was “fantastic” as it was getting harder for the family to go out together.
Mrs Moreton said: “This trike has made a huge difference to our family and we’re so delighted that Children Today was able to provide this grant as we would never have been able to buy the trike without their support.
“As Hope can’t walk very far without pain, we would often be restricted in what we could do together as a family by her physical limitations, especially as she’s getting too old for me to carry her now.
“Now on her trike she’s able to do so much more, which has given her more independence and is helping to build her confidence.
“She’s taken to it like a duck to water – she’s giving her twin brother lifts on the back of the bike and can ride even better than him now.”
As well as riding the trike herself, Hope can also be pushed along by her parents.
Mrs Moreton added: “The trike is helping develop her muscles and improve her physical wellbeing as she is doing more exercise, yet when she gets tired we can push her for a while.
“Hope is not in pain as often and she is incredibly proud to be riding her ‘big girls bike’ as she calls it. This really has been a game changer for our family.”
Children Today provides funding for specialised equipment for children and young people with disabilities under the age of 25 across the UK, but receives no government funding so is reliant on voluntary donations to keep providing these grants and making a positive impact to the lives of children like Hope.
If you know a child that needs funding for a specialised piece of equipment, or would like to donate to Children Today’s work, visit www.childrentoday.org.uk.
Hope is now able to take part in family bike rides thanks to her new donated trike