IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY

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To en­sure he can be as in­de­pen­dent as pos­si­ble, Dar­ren’s fam­ily in­vested in a state-of-the-art car­bon fi­bre wheel­chair de­signed by a For­mula One en­gi­neer. It en­ables Dar­ren to ne­go­ti­ate the tough­est of land­scapes, par­tic­u­larly those as­so­ci­ated with horses. “It can pretty much go any­where, and means Dar­ren no longer has to rely on me to get about,” says Steven. “It has given him some much-needed in­de­pen­dence and has a good range on the bat­tery too — he man­aged a whole day rid­ing round on it at Bad­minton.” At £11,500 it didn’t come cheap, but Joanna Jensen, CEO of Childs Farm, do­nated £7,500, and Steven’s em­ployer Wilt­shire Farm Foods gave £2,500. Dar­ren also owns an i-Joy Ride, a type of me­chan­i­cal horse. He bought one on eBay within an hour of Kady telling him about them and keeps it in the liv­ing room. “It’s ba­si­cally the pom­mel of a sad­dle that you sit on,” ex­plains Dar­ren, “and it goes through the mo­tion of a slow walk, fast walk, trot and can­ter. It doesn’t work my body in ex­actly the same way as a horse be­cause I have to use my legs and hips to make Cael­lyn move, which I don’t on the me­chan­i­cal horse, but it’s re­ally good for my back and core.”

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