Trike Is Stephen’s Flexible Friend

A young boy from Warrington is back smiling again thanks to the donation of a specialised trike from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

An Enable grant of £1,707 has led to the award of the Tomcat Fizz Trike to Stephen, aged 8, much to the delight of his Mum Debbie.

“I just wanted to thank you for the amazing smiles you have brought to my Stevie’s little face!” says Debbie.

Stephen has a diagnosis of 10q23 Deletion Syndrome, a rare condition which affects his cognitive development, verbal communication and life skills.

He also faces other challenges in his daily life, including sensory processing disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Polyposis – which requires regular operations – and hyper mobility in his joints.

As a result Stephen can become tired very easily, and has little engagement with the environment around him.

That, however, has now changed, thanks to the Enable grant for the new trike.

“Stephen finds it far easier to take an interest in his surroundings and interacts far more when he is moving and feels he is involved in that process, just by pedalling his trike,” says Karen Charles from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“The flexibility of being able to have Stephen on his trike when going for walks, rather than just sitting in a buggy, has opened up a new world to Stephen and his mum and has allowed them to get much more from their time together.

“The trike is also more suited to Stephen’s age than sitting in a buggy – it creates the right challenge for Stephen, to help him develop physically and improve his level of independence.”

Debbie is delighted at how the trike has helped change the family’s life for the better.

“Thank you again and again for the wonderful support your organisation has given to me and my beautiful boy.  This trike will open up our world together – and I can’t thank you all enough!” she says.

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