Good Will Travelling!

A 11-year-old boy from Flintshire is enjoying some new-found freedom after an Enable grant for a new all-terrain wheelchair and additional attachment which turns the chair into a trike.

Will suffers from Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, which affects his movement and co-ordination, and Mum Michaela has previously fundraised for him to receive Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery, which has given him more independence and allowed him to walk slowly with the aid of sticks.

This new wheelchair and Batec Mini Electric attachment, towards which the Steve Morgan Foundation has donated £7,535, is going to increase that independence even further.

“Even following the surgery, Will still doesn’t have enough energy and stamina to be able to walk fast enough, or far enough, to keep up with daily life and join in with his friends,” says Karen Charles, Enable Funding Officer with the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“Similarly, he was not able to push himself very far in his manual wheelchair and found the chair uncomfortable when going over uneven ground, due to back pain.

“Now at secondary school, Will was very keen to be able to participate fully in school outings and events, particularly the outward-bound trips in the hilly Welsh countryside.

“With this new all-terrain wheelchair, and the attachment which turns it into a trike, getting around is far more comfortable for Will and much better for his back, following the spinal surgery.

“The powered attachment also helps conserve Will’s energy and means he can venture into the countryside with his family and friends and participate fully in the school’s residential trips and activities.”

Michaela says that the new equipment has proved a “changing point” not just for Will but the whole family.

“This has given Will a level of freedom which he has never experienced in his life before,” says Michaela.

“It also helps me in that when we do go out in the countryside with friends, he will have more independence to go off when he wants to and I will be able to enjoy some social time and chat with friends as well.

“We are really looking forward to getting out and about with Will using the new wheelchair, and it has arrived at perfect timing for the half term holidays!”

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