Urgent appeal launched to help disabled children in Bury St Edmunds access therapy tricycles
A national children’s charity is urgently calling on the parents of disabled children in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area, to get in touch with them after they received funding that will assist two families to access life changing therapy cycles.
The grant will allow Caudwell Children, who provide practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, to contribute 80% of the cost of the specialist equipment for two disabled children in the area.
The national charity is now appealing for families to come forward and apply for the tricycles, which can cost between £800 and £1,500.
The tricycles are individually designed to meet the needs of each disabled child. They help to provide physiotherapy, build muscle tone and promote play.
They also help benefit growth and development in children with disabilities, enabling them to keep active and retain their independence.
Whilst Caudwell Children will supply 80% towards the cost of each tricycle they will also support and signpost families to other charities, and grant giving organisations, to secure the full cost of the equipment.
The charity wants to hear from families as soon as possible as the grant needs to be used before 14th December, 2016.
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, said: “Each year we contribute towards the cost of hundreds of life changing therapy tricycles for disabled children throughout the UK, but we currently have no applicants in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area.
“Disabled children get huge physical and emotional benefits from having the specially adapted tricycles, which are each custom made to suit the individual child’s needs.
“As well as providing regular exercise and physical therapy, the tricycles give children a renewed sense of inclusion which improves self-esteem and confidence.
“We are desperate to hear from anyone caring for a disabled child who will be able to benefit from the tricycles.
“It’s important for families to remember that as well as our financial contribution we will also support families in securing the balance needed to buy the tricycles. However, funding is on a first come first served basis so I would urge parents to get their applications in now.”
If your child or anybody you know could benefit from this please contact the Applications Team at Caudwell Children on 01782 600266 or email them here.