A seven-year-old Seaton girl has achieved her dream of owning a specially-adapted trike thanks to community generosity.
Jaydi Hawker – who was born with ligase IV microcephalic primordial dwarfism, a condition affecting her growth – means she cannot ride a bike like other children her age.
Thanks to a successful community fundraising campaign the youngster’s wish for a bike has been granted, with the help of charity Children Today.
Jaydi, who resembles a four-year-old in size, had been dreaming of her own specially-adapted trike, telling her mum ‘that looks fun’ when spotting other kids riding bikes near her home.
The youngster, who could not balance on a traditional bike, had been using a plastic toddler version, which she ‘loved’ but could not ride without mum holding on.
Mum Lisa, said: “I don’t have to worry about her toppling over as she’s all strapped in securely, I just grab the handle at the back and off we go.
“Every time we go out together, she doesn’t want to stop pedalling, which is great.
“She’s quite happy to keep moving her legs so it’s a great way for her to exercise too.”
Jaydi has hip dysplasia, glaucoma, cataracts and craniosynostosis – a rare condition affecting skull growth as a baby. She is tube fed and has undergone a bone marrow transplant.
The youngster is described by her mum as having a ‘real zest for life’ has been seen riding the trike along Seaton seafront.
Charity Children Today awarded Jaydi’s family £1,000 towards the cost of the equipment while the remaining £491 was donated through online fundraising.
Emma Prescott, charity director of Children Today Charitable Trust, said: “We’re always over the moon to hear about heart-warming stories like Jaydi’s and how the specialised, life-changing equipment we help fund can bring so much joy into a family’s life.
“Having a comfortable, sturdy and reliable piece of equipment means Jaydi and Lisa have the reassurance and the freedom to go outside together for much-needed exercise and fun.
“At Children Today we recently launched our local appeal initiative and Jaydi’s story is a perfect example of how successful the first few have been so far; in making the dreams of children and young people with disabilities come true.
“A huge thank you to everyone who donated and helped to make Jaydi’s dreams a reality.”
She added: “As a small charity, which relies entirely on voluntary donations, we always welcome contributions. No matter how big or small, each donation makes a big difference to the lives of children and young people, like Jaydi, living with disabilities across the UK.”
To find out more about Children Today, or to apply for a grant, see here.