CHILDREN Today Charitable Trust has launched a fundraising campaign to help children and young people with a disability get more mobile.
The ‘Wheely Great Challenge’ fundraiser, which starts in June, has been launched in response to recent guidelines from the UK’s Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), which state that disabled children should be exercising 20 minutes a day every day and doing strength and balance activities three times a week.
The charity helps provide adapted equipment, such as adapted trikes, adapted buggies and more, which can help disabled children and young adults get regular exercise and be more mobile.
Charity director at Children Today, Emma Prescott, said:
“Disabled children are twice as likely to be inactive as able-bodied children, but getting regular exercise can be more difficult for those with a disability. Access to sporting groups and equipment can be problematic, especially post-pandemic as many sports groups now have limited capacity. This is why it’s vital that they have access to their own equipment to stay fit and healthy. Unfortunately, this equipment is often prohibitively expensive for the families of the children who so desperately need it.
“So, this summer we’re aiming to raise £10,000 through our ‘Wheely Great Challenge’ to help fund specialist equipment. We’re inviting you to set your own personal challenge based on the number 10, and fundraise to help disabled children and young adults across the UK to get more mobile.
“It could be taking part in a 10K cycle, cycling to work during Bike Week (6-12 June) or doing 10 laps of the local park for 10 days in June. You could even choose to donate the petrol money you’ve saved by cycling instead of driving. The possibilities are endless!
“The ‘Wheely Great Challenge’ is an inclusive event designed so everyone can take part whatever their ability. You can pick the time and the place to suit you. You can even choose to break the challenge down into bite-size chunks. All that matters is setting yourself a challenge and raising vital funds for Children Today, to help disabled children and young people access vital adapted equipment, which could enable them to get more exercise!
“You can cycle, roll, push or scoot your challenge. Or if wheels aren’t your thing why not set yourself a running, walking, skipping or even swimming challenge instead?”
Dad of 15 –year-old Reece, from Bolton, who has autism, epilepsy and global development delay has described how an adapted trike has helped Reece get much-needed exercise.
Ste Hillyard, Reece’s dad, said:
“In the past few years, walking has become a struggle for Reece. He’s quite unsteady on his feet and has low muscle tone, so he gets tired easily. He has physio regularly, but as he’s got older it’s become more apparent that walking long distances can be a struggle for him.
“It felt like his world was getting smaller, but having this trike has opened up his world.
“With Reece struggling to walk it’s always a bit of a worry that he won’t get enough exercise but the trike gives him this opportunity – he can pedal whilst we help steer him in the right direction. It’s really helping to improve his strength and stamina.”
For more information about the event, please visit: https://www.childrentoday.org.uk/activities/the-wheely-great-challenge/.
You can also contact Children Today at: email@example.com or phone 01244 335622 for more information or to register to take part.