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Carmela's Story

“I would recommend any family in a similar position gets in touch with Whizz-Kidz” – Carmela’s mum

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Carmela loves going on rides around the neighbourhood on her pink trike with dog Tinker.

But before Whizz-Kidz provided her with the equipment, bubbly Carmela had been missing out on family walks and other social opportunities.

Carmela has LMNA-related congenital muscular dystrophy, a rare and progressive condition.

Lucy, Carmela’s mum, says: “The doctors told me the only thing I could do was to keep Carmela as fit as possible for as long as possible. And this is exactly what mummy did.”

Carmela smiles as she poses on her pink Whizz-Kidz trike

After hearing about Whizz-Kidz from their occupational therapist, Lucy decided to apply for a trike for Carmela.

Trikes are not only fun pieces of equipment, they are also a great alternative to painful physiotherapy sessions.

Lucy says: “To do half an hour a day of physiotherapy is boring for an adult, imagine for a young girl!”

After a few phone assessments, Whizz-Kidz was able to provide Carmela with a shiny new trike.

Having a piece of equipment for playing could change their lives forever

She even got to pick the colour: bright pink!

Lucy says: “Carmela’s condition requires her to carry out at least a short amount of mobility exercises or activities daily to keep her joints free of pain and stiffness.

"The trike is just perfect for that, we use it at least twice a week.

“It’s also easier for us to use it for short distances, instead of her powered wheelchair.”

The family tried to train black toy poodle Tinker to be an assistant dog - but she didn’t obey the rules as she loves a cuddle and barking.

Carmela wears a face mask as she goes for a ride on her pink trike

Carmela visits two horses in a field while on her pink trike

Tinker has proven to be a great friend for Carmela anyway and a lovely addition to the family.

Lucy says: “Carmela really enjoys going on rides around the neighbourhood with her dog and it has made her feel more independent.”

She adds: “I would recommend any family in a similar position gets in touch with Whizz-Kidz.

“Having a piece of equipment for playing could change their lives forever.

“It provides emotional well-being, confidence and helps reduce social anxiety, allowing young wheelchair users to take part in more activities.”

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