Brooke’s condition means that she is unfortunately unable to walk or talk, but this hasn’t stopped her from enjoying the simple things in life. For example, she loves getting out in the great outdoors.
With the help of her mother, Brooke spends as much time as possible outside on her specially adapted trike, which was provided to her by Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ireland. This souped-up trike allows Brooke to enjoy the freedom of trips to her local park, as well as other outdoor activities that her mother Julie previously thought would never be possible.
Brooke’s trike not only offers her an outlet for fun and leisure enabling her to interact with other family members outdoors, but also forms a crucial part of her physio, giving her limbs and body a way to get the exercise they need.
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ireland see Brooke and many other children like her with mobility difficulties as real heroes. They, along with their wonderful parents or guardians, challenge their disabilities, transforming them into the abilities to do things in life that most of us take for granted.
“When I approached Variety Ireland looking for help to get a trike for my daughter, they were so understanding and were able to provide Brooke with a trike that opened up so many different opportunities for us to do things together as a family,” says Julie, Brooke’s mother. “I quickly noticed a huge change in Brooke, who is now raring to get outside at every opportunity on her trike.”
“Variety don’t receive any government funding or help for the equipment they supply to children, and they are totally reliant on help from the public. As a mother, they have changed not just Brooke’s life but also my own for the better. Her smile tells the story of what her trike means to us both. Thank you, Variety, not only for assisting us, but all the other families around Ireland you continue to help. You’re truly wonderful.”