Isla (far right) and her family have been able to get out and about thanks to the trike
Submitted by Rachel Sutherland
A 10-year-old girl has been riding her adapted trike around her local area, spreading joy to everyone that passes.
Isla Francis received a charity grant for the adapted trike, which attaches onto the back of another bike.
It has allowed her and her family to go on bike rides for the first time together.
She needed an adapted bike as she has ADHD, autism, complex learning difficulties and a rare genetic condition called IQSEC2.
Isla’s condition affects her balance and her cognitive learning skills and she is not able to ride a bike independently.
During lockdown, Isla’s mum, Kate, said their family were keen to get out and about and do something together. Before they received the trike, Isla was unable to join them on bike rides.
The specialised equipment was funded by Chester, Cheshire-based children’s charity Children Today, who partnered with the Rotary Club of Chester.
It has allowed the family to get out in the fresh air, helping their mental and physical health drastically.
Isla’s mum, Kate, said: ” Isla is usually a weary, stand-offish and quite nervous girl but now she’s always asking to go out on her trike – she gets really excited and happy.
“We’ve got a trike we adapted ourselves which has got stabilisers on it. Since having the trike she’s been trying to go on that.
“I think experiencing being on her new trike has really spurred her on to want to try other things and push herself more.”
Kate believes there is hope that Isla’s trike, which is set to last her into adulthood, may one day help her to cycle independently.
Along with encouraging Isla to use her leg muscles, the trike has been inspiring the little girl to go outside for exercise and to connect with people in her area.
Charity Director of Children Today, Emma Prescott, said: “Isla’s story is just one of many examples of how the adapted equipment we help fund can have a truly life-changing impact on not just an individual, but their loved ones too.
“This specialised trike has unlocked lots of new exciting opportunities for Isla and her family to spend quality time together. The possibility of this little girl being able to cycle on her own one day, thanks to this equipment, is truly amazing.”
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