11 Jun Aysha’s trike joy
A FAMILY has thanked “overwhelming” North East support as the Go Bananas appeal looks set to bring them even closer together.
Aysha Matthews, of Camperdown, North Tyneside, was born with cerebral palsy after mum Jemma suffered complications during her pregnancy, resulting in her daughter arriving at just 26 weeks.
The disability means the West Moor Primary School pupil has problems controlling movement in her left side and cannot walk long distances, forcing her to use a wheelchair on occasions.
But her mum, locksmith dad Andrew, 36, and brother Maximus, 4, have been successful in applying for a £1,100 trike from The Chronicle Sunshine Fund – to be funded by June’s Go Bananas fundraising appeal.
Part-time shop worker Jemma, 32, said: “Aysha is a really determined girl and wants to compete in the Paralympic Games in horse dressage, as she is a very keen rider.
“We try to encourage that determination and she knows she will have to work for a living and lead as normal a life as possible. She knows she is different but she feels normal.
“When she may occasionally get upset, she is brilliant at looking at the bright side, such as when she says if she didn’t have cerebral palsy she wouldn’t have met her best friend Eleanor whose brother has the condition.”
She added: “The trike will be absolutely massive for the family. Up until now, Maximus has not started learning to ride a bicycle because we knew that would upset Aysha that she wasn’t able to.
“Now we can all go out together as a family, and we are really looking forward to visiting Center Parcs with the whole family.
“The support we have received has been overwhelming. The amount of people who have donated and don’t even know Aysha is amazing. It really tells you something about the North East.”
To donate to Go Bananas, visit justgiving.com/Go-Bananas-June