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Disabled boy receives new adapted tricycle

Henry on his tricycle

A nine-year-old boy with a rare genetic disorder has been granted a specially adapted tricycle so he can explore the great outdoors.

Henry, from Leicester, has Angelman Syndrome, which affects his nervous system making it difficult to carry out tasks, such as riding a bike.

But thanks to a £4,000 grant from the Children Today charity he now has his own mode of transport.

His mum Clare told BBC News Henry was diagnosed with the condition when he was just 17 months old.

"He didn't start walking until he was about three and a half and he's non-verbal, but he's just the sweetest little boy,” she explained.

"It's really important for Henry to be active but trying to encourage him to exercise can be a challenge.

"The options for exercise are more limited due to his condition and finding something that he actually enjoys isn't easy.

"We try to walk as much as possible, but he can get very bored of walking quickly."

Henry outgrew his previous adaptive trike, the one he needed next was very expensive. But his family realised how important a new set of wheels would be to him.

"Henry is such a friendly little boy and having the trike means we can now join friends on days out and trips to the park more easily.

"It's just lovely for him being able to do something that other little boys his age enjoy - it's been a game changer."

"We're so grateful to Children Today and all the other charities for their support; it really has had such a positive impact on Henry's life and mine too."

Emma Prescott, charity director at Children Today said: "It's great to hear that Henry is now able to get regular exercise in an enjoyable way thanks to his trike. It's so easy to take things like a family bike ride or trip to the park with friends for granted.

"Specialist equipment does, of course, come with a higher price tag but the impact of being able to join in and be included is invaluable."

[ The first version of the tricycle was invented in 1860 by Stephen Farffler. ]

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