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

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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