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Charity appeal for old bikes and trikes

 Published on: 18th January 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A local charity is asking the Abbots Langley community to donate toddler bikes and similar rides to help design a push-along trike for children with disabilities, like they did for Brody, pictured right.

You can send in bikes, trikes, scuttlebugs, balance bikes, Little Tikes cars or any other ride.

DEMAND – Design and Manufacture for Disability, is a charity dedicated to helping people of all ages with disabilities that require unique equipment to aid them in their everyday lives.

The charity conducts and encourages the design and manufacture of equipment that both improves the quality of life and provides opportunities for current and future generations of individuals with disabilities, irrespective of their ability to pay.

In this case, the charity is looking for inspiration in old bikes, trikes and similar kid’s toys to help them create trikes for children with disabilities that make it difficult for them to use a pedal bike.

All types of kid’s rides will be accepted, even if they are slightly damaged.

DEMAND has managed to make the trikes a couple of times before, but it has always involved intensive labour and there is now a list of over 20 children hoping they can be provided with one.

Lynnette Smith, marketing executive at DEMAND, said: “There’s a really long list of kids who need the trikes, but we’re struggling to find the resources. 

“Getting old toys sent in of all types will help provide inspiration for us. So much work goes into these, we’ll need around 10 prototypes before we figure out what’s best in the long run. 

“These trikes will massively help kids keep up with outdoor activities who wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise.”   

The first unique trike was made in 2014, for then two-year-old, Summer. Summer has a rare neurological disorder, Rett syndrome; a condition which can cause severe physical and mental disability. She cannot walk and her only way of getting around and keeping well was by using a Scuttlebug tricycle which she was given when she was a toddler.

When she outgrew the bike, her parents contacted DEMAND in the hope they could design trike tailored to Summer, which would delay her need for a wheelchair.

The new trike was cleverly designed to grow with her and now, several adjustments and years later, the device still serves Summer well.

The charity also helped a five-year-old boy called Brody cope with his motor challenges by providing him with a large and sturdy trike with built in height adjustment in 2017. Brody, who has an undiagnosed condition, also has epilepsy, autism and hypermobility syndrome which together means he is unable to speak and can only walk short distances.

Having a trike to suit his height and weight has allowed him to play alongside his friends and siblings.

You can donate your toys to DEMAND at its address, The Old Chapel, Manor Road.

For more information about the charity go to demand.org.uk

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