FORTY friends of a young sufferer of cerebral palsy are set to walk ten miles on Sunday to raise £2,000 for life-enhancing equipment.
Wullie and Tania Frew will lead the trek from Burnfoot to Denholm and back to generate funds for a specially-adapted bicycle for their three-year-old daughter Kelsey, who suffers from the condition, which affects her movement, posture and co-ordination.
Kelsey is desperate to ride a bike, which would help strengthen her muscles, after seeing her brothers Connor, 7, and Tyler, 5, enjoy their own two-wheeled antics outside the family home in Burnfoot.
“She’s still not able to walk, and getting a bike would get her strength up,” said Tania.
“This specially-adapted bike has things to keep her legs in place, is fully harnessed, and has handles for steering and pushing the bike.
“It would be good to give her a little bit of independence. She sees her brothers on their bikes and just looks at them.”
Kelsey’s dream of getting in a bike saddle herself came true last month – but only on a temporary basis. Representatives of disability bikes manufacturer Tomcat visited the town to allow Kelsey a test drive of one of their products, and she is now set on having her very own bike. “They came up to the house and she got a shot on a couple of the bikes,” said Mrs Frew. “She loved it and was screaming when she got on the bike, and went to the end of the road and back. It made her dad and I very happy.
“Kelsey was tired, but she then went about telling everybody she had a new bike. She keeps telling everybody, ‘Mum’s getting me a new bike.’ So, the sooner we get it, the better.”
Mr Frew, a refuse collector, and Mrs Frew, a voluntary classroom assistant at Burnfoot school, have so far raised £500 in sponsorship towards the £2,000 bike – and they are awaiting donations from around another 20 people participating in this weekend’s walk.
“We’ve had quite a good response,” said Mrs Frew. “We’ve put rubber matting down in the garden for Kesley to enjoy playing, and that gives her some independence. We want her to have the full enjoyment that other kids have by getting to play outside.”
The sponsored walkers will leave from Burnfoot shops at 11.30am on Sunday bound for Denholm.