Astley mum to raise money for charity that helped her son join in
Updated 12:08pm Wednesday 26th March 2014 in North West
A MUM is to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge as a thank you to the charity that helped her disabled son.
Nine-year-old Lewis Johnson just wants to play with his three sisters but a condition called global development delay means that his poor balance and co-ordination regular prevent him from doing so.
All that is about to change though thanks to Caudwell Children’s Charity which has donated 80 per cent of the money Lewis’ mum Amy needed to buy him a tricycle.
The 31-year-old said: “Lewis’ condition means that he has tremors in his wrist, poor balance and co-ordination and he has no speech at all.
“He sits and watches his sisters on their bikes and all he wants to do is join in. With the tricycle he will finally be able to. We haven’t got the tricycle yet but I am hoping it will come soon so we can give it to Lewis for his 10th birthday on April 3.
“Lewis loves being outdoors and meeting new people and the tricycle will help him do that.”
GDD means that Lewis has not reached some of the usual milestones in areas of development such as motor, speech and language skills.
Amy was due to climb Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in Yorkshire on April 24, but the walk has now been postponed until September, accompanied by 10 of her colleagues from Applewood Farm in Astley.
“The charity helped my child and I want to give something back so that they can help someone else and I am really looking forward to the challenge,” Amy said.
Lewis lives in Windsor Close, Astley, with his sisters 11-year-old Chloe and Charlie Johnson, aged seven, three-year-old Lily Somerset and his stepdad Andrew Somerset.
Rachel Dring, Caudwell Children’s North West Community Fundraiser said: “Lewis is a lovely lad and always smiling. He is full of life and needs our help to reach his full potential.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/LewisAppeal.
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