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£1,455raised of £3,500 target by 62 supporters

Weʼre raising £3,500 to help fund a special needs trike for our son who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is determined to ride 2 miles to fund raise for others

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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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We are hoping to raise money to fund a trike with trailer adaptor for our son James.

James now 8 years old from Lee-on-the-Solent Hampshire has quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

He is desperate to strengthen his legs, as he wants the opportunity to challenge himself to a 2 mile sponsored bike ride to raise funds.

James was born with a diaphragmatic hernia which was successfully operated on at 3 days old.

A week later James' one lung collapsed and after approx 25 minutes without oxygen James was saved.

It wasn't until he was a year old that we had confirmation that James had quadriplegic cerebral palsy, the motor function part of his brain had been damaged. Thankfully all other functions were normal.

James is now realising that although academically he is as bright as his friends at his mainstream school, he can't keep up with them physically even in his adapted walker.

James can not sit or stand unaided.

But James is determined to walk!

He has variable tone so surgery is not an option unlike some other CP children but he needs to maintain leg strength just in case a miracle happens and technology advances to help him.

James has had 2 secondhand trikes which he loved to ride as fast as possible, (well as fast as I could keep up with him!) and it was excellent physio exercise for his lung as well as his legs.

But sadly he has outgrown them.

We scour the special needs secondhand sites for trikes but nothing is suitable particularly as he needs a lot of support.

James was assessed and the Tomcat Tamara Hoist User Trailer Trike with additional support was quoted at a cost of just over £3,500 but will last him into adulthood.

We all take walking and cycling for granted but for James it is a necessary exercise to keep him fit and healthy.

Please could you donate to help give James the feeling of freedom and happiness he gets from a trike instead of just being trapped in his wheelchair.


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  • P MILES

    P MILES

    5 days ago

    P MILES

    Thank you so much to Taylor and Brodie who, so generously and selflessly, sold their toys at the Christmas Fayre to raise money for James. They raised a whopping £159 ! Many thanks Fi for everything x I would also like to thank everyone who either bought some toys or who kindly donated for James. Thank you, Kathryn x

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    P MILES

    10 days ago

    P MILES

    Fantastic news! We are over a third of the way to being able to get James a suitable trike, due to all of the truly wonderful people who have supported James. We can't thank you enough for your generosity. Thank you to everyone, Kathryn and James x

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    P MILES

    a month ago

    P MILES

    Hello everyone, thank you so much for the continued support for James. James had outgrown his old trike before the summer holidays and one of the last times he used it was to join his cub pack on part of their cycle ride around Lee. He loved being able to join in with them, even though it wasn't very far. James wasn't too well over the summer but now he wants to get his leg strength back and this half term he used his walker every other day to start achieving this. As you can see from the photo he is thoroughly enjoying himself!

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  • Erin Sutcliff

    Erin Sutcliff

    Dec 4, 2016

    £10.00

  • Fiona Joss

    Fiona Joss

    Dec 2, 2016

    With love from Taylor and Brodie xx

    £160.00

  • Laura Cranley

    Laura Cranley

    Dec 1, 2016

    What a lovely thing to do and wishing you smash your target! Go for it and keep smiling. Laura ☺ x

    £5.00

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