New trike is a dream come true for Grantham woman Shannen

Shannen McAndrew aboard her new trike, and Pennie Gibbs, whose fund-raising paid for it.

Shannen McAndrew aboard her new trike, and Pennie Gibbs, whose fund-raising paid for it.

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A brand new trike has given a young disabled woman a new lease of life.

Shannen McAndrew, 21, loves trips out on her adapted trike, as her mobility is limited following an accident when she was a child.

And it’s all thanks to a friend of the family, Pennie Gibbs, who embarked on a fund-raising campaign to raise the £700 needed to pay for it.

Shannen’s mum, Jill, of Walton Gardens, Grantham, said: “The trike has given Shannen a lot of joy, she loves going out on it. We even went into Morrisons the other day to do some shopping.

“We would like to thank Pennie and everyone who donated to make this possible.”

To now be able to join family bike rides, particularly around Rutland Water, means a lot to Shannen. She was eight years old when she was hit by a car and left with brain damage. The accident happened in Springfield Road when she was playing and ran into the road between two parked cars.

Shannen spent three months in Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, having suffered severe head injuries, and then spent three months at a rehabilitation centre in America, where doctors worked on her mobility.

Now, Shannen continues to use a wheelchair, although she can walk with help, and her speech is affected.