Riding with his friends thanks to new tricycle

Bradley North on his new specialist tricycle
Bradley North on his new specialist tricycle

A 10-year-old disabled boy, who has never had the strength to ride a standard bike, has received a specialist tricycle from Caudwell Children.

Bradley North, of Bramingham Wood, has Down syndrome and Leukaemia and has never been able to ride with his friends.

Caudwell Children, the national charity, provides emotional and physical support to disabled children and their families.

The charity’s fundraising support has helped to raise £2,500 to buy the tricycle for the Richmond Hill pupil.

Bradley’s mum, Jane Willoughby, said: “I can’t really put into words what it means to Bradley. He simply loves the trike.

“He has been out peddling after his dad and his friends with a huge smile on his face.

“But because it is unusual other children gravitate towards it. The result is that Bradley is communicating with other children who otherwise may have avoided him, because they didn’t understand his condition.”

The trike has been especially designed to assist disabled children in their physical development and rehabilitation.

His mum believes the fitness benefits are just as important as the fun for Bradley, he suffers from a painful hip condition, but is too young to have an operation, his mum believes it is vital that he strengthens the muscles around his hips in order to reduce the pain.

Jane added: “The new tricycle has been engineered to make pedalling that much easier, and now he can pedal everywhere.

“Before the tricycle he had lots of energy but he was unable to do any physical exercise to burn it off. But that has now changed and he will be doing loads of exercise without really noticing it.”

Lisa Bates, head of applications at Caudwell Children, said: “We are delighted that the tricycle had such a huge impact on the whole family.

“It not only provides vital physical therapy but also develops an increased sense of independence and social inclusion, which is so important for children Bradley’s age.

“Unfortunately, these highly specialised pieces of equipment come at a price, but with the continued support of the local community we can help even more children like Bradley.”