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Four-year-old Prestonian can join in with family activities after receiving specialist tricycle

Posted on - 19th June, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News
Toby with his specialist tricycle
Toby with his specialist tricycle

A four-year-old from Preston is wowing cyclists after he received a game-changing specialist tricycle from a disabled children’s charity.

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Toby Savage has cerebral palsy, a life-long condition which affects his movement and co-ordination.

His parents reached out to disability charity Caudwell Children to apply for £1,243 funding for a specially-designed tricycle to help Toby feel independent and join in on family activities with his siblings William and Hollie.

Toby’s mum, Emma Savage, captured footage of Toby testing out the new tricycle on a ride with William, and Toby gleefully reported that people have being stopping in the street to admire his bright orange ride.

The tricycle is fitted with bespoke alterations that support Toby while he rides, such as a guiding handle and knee huggers.

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Emma said: “The tricycle has already made the biggest difference to our lives. Toby is a very active boy who desperately wants to be like his brother and sister.

“He doesn’t like to accept help and always wants to be as independent as possible. He gets extremely frustrated when he tries his hardest to do something and is unable.

“He’s been desperately trying to pedal the bike his Grandma got for him for Christmas, he couldn’t understand why other children his age are able to pedal and he can’t.

“The tricycle is an absolute game-changer, he had the biggest smile when he got on it and could pedal straight away. He absolutely loves it and it has increased his confidence tenfold.

“The joy it has bought to myself, Toby’s dad, brother and sister is immeasurable. This has been an absolute highlight for our family and we couldn’t have done it without Caudwell Children.”

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Caudwell Children provides funding for a range of equipment for disabled children, including powered wheelchairs, tricycles and specialised sports equipment.

Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, said: “We love seeing children like Toby enjoying themselves and fulfilling their huge potential – it’s our privilege to be able to help.

“The last 12 months have been extremely difficult for disabled children and their families, and we’ve been working hard to support as many of them as possible.

“We need support to continue doing that. A regular, monthly donation to Caudwell Children can help transform disabled children’s lives. Please help us if you can.”

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