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During this crisis help us keep reducing isolation in disabled children with life-changing grants for vital adapted equipment like trikes.

by Emma Prescott in Chester, England, United Kingdom

Our small charity changes the lives of children and young people with disabilities across the UK by funding specialised equipment like adapted trikes and car seats.

Many families with a child or young person with a disability may already feel isolated, not because of the Coronavirus pandemic, but because they can’t access the right equipment to help them.

But with the current restrictions and the lack of the right equipment at home, this isolation is even worse, negatively impacting a child's physical and emotional wellbeing and impacting their whole family. 

Simply put, these families need the life-changing grants we provide more than ever before.

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Watch Jimmy's story to find out how much of an impact an adapted trike can have! 

11-year-old Jimmy, pictured below, suffered a severe brain haemorrhage a few years ago. His adapted trike, that Children Today helped fund, has been life-changing for him. Not only helping with this physical rehabilitation but giving him more self-confidence. His mum Jenni says:

"Jimmy isn’t able to cycle from home as he gets tired but as this trike folds up we can put it in the car, drive somewhere and all go for a bike ride together. Cycling was a big part of our family before his accident and this trike means Jimmy can now cycle with his dad and sisters again. Sadly, his self-confidence plummeted after his injury. He was always shy but as his speech started to come back, he found it hard to communicate. As his trike is so unusual it’s helping his social interaction as people come up to it to have a look and chat about it. He’s a lot better at communicating now and his confidence is growing every week.

“Jimmy has gone through so much in his young life already so we are very grateful that he’s able to cycle once again with this special trike which we thought he would never be able to do again.”

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How does Children Today make a difference?

The equipment we fund, like adapted trikes or a specialised car seat, allows a child to enjoy activities or a lifestyle they may never get to otherwise yet can be prohibitively expensive for a family to fund themselves. An experience like being able to enjoy a bike ride with your family for the first time can be life-changing yet is something many of us possibly take for granted. Due to Covid-19 some of the families on our waiting list are high-risk so are house-bound and desperately need this equipment for their child more than ever to have some sort of physical rehabilitation at home during this difficult time.

As our charity doesn’t receive any funding from the Government or NHS we are entirely reliant on voluntary donations and fundraising events to continue to provide support for families in need. The applications we receive can vary drastically in amount needed (depending on the piece of equipment required and any other funding the family has in place) from £200 to over £1500 for larger equipment and we are now seeing a huge increase in people applying for our help since the pandemic began.

As well as seeing a huge increase in applications, our fundraising income has been heavily hit by the Coronavirus (due to cancelled fundraising events etc) so we are currently unable to help as many children as we would hope to.

We desperately want to keep helping families in need during these troubling times as they need us now more than ever and these funds will help us provide equipment grants and vital support for more children and their families at this incredibly difficult time. 

Thank you.

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