Sally joins in the fun with her new trike

Sally D'Amelio, 11 from Retford, who has cerebral palsy and global development delay, has received a specialist tricycle that has allowed her to ride outside, independently, with her family and friends for the first time.
Sally D'Amelio, 11 from Retford, who has cerebral palsy and global development delay, has received a specialist tricycle that has allowed her to ride outside, independently, with her family and friends for the first time.

A disabled Retford girl has found new found freedom and joy thanks to pedal power.

Sally D’Amelio, 11 hasn’t the coordination to ride a standard bicycle. She’s had to remain a disappointed onlooker when other youngsters ride their bikes around the area.

But now, thanks to Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, Sally can now join in the fun too.

Dedicated fundraising support from the charity helped Sally’s family to raise the £1,200 needed to buy the specialist tricycle for the St Giles Special School pupil.

Sally’s father Richard, age 39, says that the tricycle has not only helped his daughter but has also had a positive impact on the whole family. He said: “The chair has made Sally so happy. We were out in Clumber Park at the weekend and she couldn’t stop smiling, it was so good to see.

“Because the tricycle is unusual other children gravitate towards it. Although Sally is non-verbal she’s attempting to communicate with children who otherwise may have avoided her, because they didn’t understand her condition.”