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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Millom girl is riding high after donation

A DISABLED tot will soon be able to play out with her brothers and sisters after a £2,000 funding bid for a special trike was accepted.

Natasha Penrith, aged two, was born with meningitis, septicaemia and e-coli and suffers from cerebral palsy and weakness in her legs.

After reading an article in the Evening Mail about Natasha, South Copeland Disability Group applied for a grant from the Sellafield Snowball Fund in January, which has now been accepted.

The money is being used to buy a specially adapted trike for Natasha’s nursery, Stepping Stones, in St George’s Road, Millom.

Her mother Lisa Penrith, from Grammarscroft, Millom, said: “Natasha has been trying to use the bikes at the nursery but she can’t manage. The work that SCDG has done is brilliant.”

Noel ‘Rocky’ Moore, secretary of the group, said: “It was great when the funding came through. Now we’re just waiting for the bike to arrive.”

Despite early fears that she may never be able to walk unaided, Natasha has made remarkable progress with her mobility.

Mrs Penrith said: “It was a really hard decision for me to bring her to nursery because I just wanted to keep her in a little bubble. But as soon as she came here that’s when she started walking independently.”

Natasha’s father Jacob Penrith said: “When the bike arrives she will be able to play out with her brothers.”

The trike has been ordered from suppliers TFH Special Needs in Worcestershire, and is due to arrive any day.

Natasha’s special educational needs co-ordinator at Stepping Stones, Loraine Hulse, said: “She has a real can-do attitude. She’s like a ray of sunshine.”

Kelly James, manager at Stepping Stones, said: “We will be able to lend the trike to Natasha and if we have any other children with disabilities in the future they will be able to use it.”

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