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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Supporters raise cash for west Cumbrian girl's trike

Workington's Caitlan Magean has always wanted to ride a bike, but living with cerebral palsy has made it difficult.

Caitlan Magean photo
Caitlan Magean

Thanks to a group of fund-raisers the nine-year-old, of Mossbay Road, will now be able to take her cycling proficiency test.

And the overwhelming fund-raising response has meant that another child in a similar position will also get the same chance as Caitlan.

Her family wanted to raise £989 to pay for a custom-built trike.

Family friends Darren Parker, Terry Abbott and Paul Rutherford offered to complete the coast-to-coast cycle route from Workington to Gateshead to raise the sum.

They are due to set off tomorrow but they have already raised £3,000.

Mum Lesley Stephenson has decided that instead of using the extra cash for her daughter she wants another youngster to get the same chance as Caitlan.

Lesley said: “We never thought we would raise enough even to buy the one tricycle, so raising £3,000 has been overwhelming.

“I’ve asked Caitlan’s physiotherapist to find another child who could benefit.

“Caitlan was keen to help out someone else if she could.

“We’re looking for another child so that we can help and it means they don’t have to go through the trouble of raising their own money.

“The trikes are very expensive and difficult to afford for most parents.”

Lesley hopes to learn next week.

The remainder of the cash will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and the special care baby unit at the West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.

Caitlan’s cerebral palsy makes it difficult to balance while riding without stabilisers. She has been told that a custom trike would allow her to pass the proficiency scheme.

Darren, Terry and Paul aim to complete the C2C on Sunday and will drop off the cash at Altonaids Mobility Ltd in Gateshead, who will custom build the trike.

The family have also been supported by Travis Perkins and Seaton Athletics Club.

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