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.”
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.
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.”