THE FATHER of a five-year-old boy who has cerebral palsy has expressed his gratitude towards everyone who helped fundraise for a new specialist trike for his son.
Richard Owen, father of Aled who lives in Llansanffraid-ym-Mechain, said how grateful he and his wife, Julie, are: “We are so grateful to everyone for their support and help in raising the money for Aled’s trike. People have been absolutely fantastic and we are overwhelmed by their kindness.
“This trike allows Aled to have his own independence, just like any other five-year-old child.
“There have been a number of events organised by a number of people, such as a bingo night in Welshpool, a disco organised at Carreghofa School by parents, as well as various kind donations and raffle prizes,” he said.
The ‘Terrier Trike’, made by Scottish company Theraplay, which cost £1,200, arrived last Wednesday.
Aled’s parents have to keep a check on Aled’s hips because if they tighten, they get out of alignment.
The trike helps his hips and strengthens his legs and middle, it has a chest harness to hold him in and a lower harness for his stomach.
It also has straps on the peddles for his feet, to keep him safe.
The trike also helps Aled’s legs keep in the right position.
“Seeing Aled on the trike is wonderful and we want people to know that the money they have raised makes a great difference to Aled and us as a family.
“Aled loves it, the trike means that Aled goes where he wants to go and does what he wants to do,” said Richard.
Richard also said how far Aled has come since he started Carreghofa Primary School in Llanymynech, last September.
“Aled is doing so well and has come so far, he’s improving all the time and really enjoys going to school. He is learning from everyone every day and everyone else is learning about him and his disability.
“Having cerebral palsy does not hold him back at all, he’s happy as Larry. He’s actually starting to get cheeky.
“Some days Julie and I are absolutely exhausted and it is hard, but seeing Aled improve and progress all the time is wonderful for us as parents,” he said.
Throughout the year, Aled has to attend various appointments, as well as weekly physio sessions, which take place at his school.
“He’s currently trying a brace at physio, which aims to improve his co-ordination and we are hoping that he will be using a walker in upcoming physio sessions.
“Aled is unable walk but this trike helps him get around and we are so grateful and wish to thank the people around us and to everyone who has given something, without them he would not have his trike,” said Richard.