07 Nov Help give Stephen a new lease of life
A THREE-YEAR-OLD boy who suffers from cerebral palsy is to receive a new lease of life as fundraising starts for a specialist trike.
Stephen Idle, of South Shields, is the latest North East youngster to benefit from The Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund charity, which supports children with disabilities.
Money raised at the organisations’s Celebrity Question of Sport event, being held on Thursday, November 27, at Newcastle’s Civic Centre, will go toward funding the equipment.
Stephen’s parents Helen Scott and Darren Idle hope the trike will allow him to keep up with friends from nursery, despite his neurological condition which affects muscle movement.
Helen said: “Stephen is currently using a walking frame to move around outdoors but he with the trike he will be able to achieve greater distances at a time when his friends are learning to cycle too. He has stiff legs which get worse when he becomes upset and using his trike will improve the tone in his legs and his physical fitness.
“It will give him the opportunity to make new friends, play with them and generally improve his confidence and social skills.”
Last week, Sunshine Fund director Caroll Pattinson met the family, which does not have a car to help with journeys, at Speedflex personal training – the sponsor of the upcoming fundraiser.
Caroll said: “We are delighted to have Speedflex sponsoring this years Celebrity Question of Sport. The event is a fantastic sporting night, hosted by Sky Sports Presenter Jim White.
“We hope to raise much needed funds to support children like Stephen. The trike we are hoping to fund for Stephen will give him greater independence and the chance to go cycling with friends. The trike will really benefit his mobility.”
Laura Hodgkins, of Speedflex Jesmond centre manager, added: “It was lovely to meet Stephen and his family to see where the money raised on the evening of the event will be going.
“The event is a high-profile occasion in the social calendar and is always a fun and well attended fundraiser. As a local business it is very fitting we support the Sunshine Fund in this way.”
Local Paralympian Stephen Miller is a patron on the Sunshine Fund, as well as an ambassador for Speedflex.
He said: “I’m delighted to be involved in the event and have attended for many years. It was great to meet Stephen and his family and I hope they raise the funds needed on the night to purchase the trike.” The trike costs £1,038 and is provided by Altonaids Mobility Ltd.
Celebrity Question of Sport will open with a sparkling wine reception at 6.30pm, followed by dinner at 7pm.
There will be five quiz rounds, covering sports from football to golf and rugby. The winner of each round wins ten bottles of wine and the overall winner leaves with the trophy.
Local celebrities, including familiar faces from Newcastle United and Durham County Cricket Club, will also appear.
Tables of 10 are available for £1,000, with a limited number of tables for 12 at a cost of £1,200 on a first-come-first served basis. To book, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 201 6068.