Parents thank charity for autistic son’s new tricycle
A six-year-old boy from Trent Vale, in Stoke-on-Trent, who has autism, has received a specialist tricycle that will allow him to keep fit by riding outside with his family.
Amir’s condition has left him nonverbal and he has no sense of danger. As a result he can’t ride a standard bicycle and he’s been unable to join the family on their regular bike rides.
Amir’s mother, Hayley, aged 29, said her son loves playing outside and desperately needed an adapted bike to help him spend more time with his younger brother Kamal, aged five. As she explained: “He’s really into physical activities but unfortunately he couldn’t ride outside with his brother.
“He loves playing out in the garden, which is highly secure, but to take him out safely was really hard for me and my husband, Abdelrahim.”
The pair decided to buy an adapted tricycle for Amir but they discovered that there was a significant financial barrier to them securing one for their son. As Hayley continued: “The tricycle that best suited Amir’s needs cost an eye watering £1,305 which was way beyond our budget.”
Hayley and Abdelrahim had resigned themselves to being unable to buy the tricycle that their son needed but then a friend told them about Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
They contacted the charity and it agreed to provide the funding needed for 70% of the cost of the tricycle. They also signposted the pair to another grant giving trust who covered the balance of the cost of the specialist equipment.
Amir, a pupil at Abbey Hill Special School, in Meir, Stock-on-Trent, recently received his tricycle and he is now able to ride outside safely with his parents and brother.
“The tricycle is amazing and it has really helped us to get out of the house for our exercise during the coronavirus pandemic,” enthused Hayley. “We can take Amir out confidently and safely and it’s really developed the way his brother can play with him.
“There’s a handle on the back so we can push him along and he enjoys that.
“We’re so grateful for the charity’s kindness it’s had such a huge impact on Amir, and it’s enabled him to access the community, we can’t thank them enough.”
Mark Bushell, from Caudwell Children, says that the fitness benefits of the tricycle will be as important as the fun for Amir. He said: “The new tricycle has been engineered to make pedalling that much easier, and soon Amir will be able to pedal everywhere.
“Before they receive a specialist tricycle some children have lots of energy that they are unable to burn off. With this equipment they’re able to do loads of high impact activity without really noticing and it will help give Amir the exercise that he needs.”
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