Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sunshine News

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sunshine News

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HI, as we come to the end of October I hope you are embracing the dark nights with snugly settee TV sessions.

I am so enjoying the X Factor this year and can't wait for our fabulous patrons Ant & Dec to return on our screens from the jungle ! My first 'thank you' this week goes to Speedflex for sponsoring our Celebrity Question of Sport event on November 27 at Newcastle Civic Centre.

I'm looking forward to another fabulously competitive night with lots of money raised for children with disabilities.

Tomorrow I am taking a lovely little boy whose family have asked for our help to meet the Speedflex guys at their fabulous gym in Jesmond. Three-year-old Stephen has cerebral palsy which affects his legs and left arm, and he is one of the children we will be raising money for from the event.

Stephen's physiotherapist has recommended he have a theraplay tricycle to help with his walking (he currently walks with a walking frame).

The trike will not only help with his coordination but with his overall physical fitness too. He so wants to learn to ride his trike to be like his friends who are learning to ride bikes.

His mother also thinks it will be great for him to have some independent time out of his wheelchair. The family are also looking forward to Stephen being able to ride to his grandparents' house on his trike.

For a family to buy a bike for their child is sometimes a challenge, although usually a realistic PS100. Any specialist equipment is always more costly. Stephen's tricycle is PS545 for the basic model, but with all the adaptations required to enable Stephen to ride it, the total is PS1,038. We know from other children we have been able to supply tricycles to that it is well worth it. Fingers crossed that before Christmas, Stephen will be happily riding his trike and his family will be delighted to see their little boy developing new independence and overall fitness. …

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