Trike gives lease of life for Grantham boy Hari

Hari on his trike
Hari on his trike

A young boy from Grantham has received a new lease of life with a specialised tricycle arranged for him with help from the charity Shine.

Five-year-old Hari Knight, of Edward Street, has hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy, which causes weakness on his right side and problems with balance, spatial awareness, and stamina.

It means that like many children with hydrocephalus, Hari has struggled to learn to ride a bike because of his poor co-ordination.

His family and friends have found it heartbreaking to watch him try and fail, again and again.

Now Hari, who has two teenage brothers, has a new tricycle, which has been bought under Shine’s Wheels for Life scheme.

The specialised trike will enable Hari to get around on his own, and in doing so, help to strengthen his weaker right leg.

Parents Anna and Mark said: “It has been amazing, You would not believe how much his face lit up when the trike arrived.

“He rides it all the time. It is definitely his favourite toy.

“It means that when we walk the dog, when Hari would get out of breath quickly, he now goes along on his trike. The trike is just the best thing ever.”

Shine support and development worker Sharon Lapsley, who liaised with Hari’s family in the application, said: “The specialised trike will enable Hari to have some independence and be included when his friends are playing on their bikes.

“It is very important to Hari and his family that he is able to take part in activities such as this.”

Wheels for Life is a limited fund to help provide mobility aids such as wheelchairs or trikes, as well as the training to use them.

For details or to donate email liz.cook@shinecharity.org.uk or call 01733 421362.