Friday 20th April 2012
Parents of a four-year-old girl have been inspired to raise money for a charity which helped their daughter.
Annemarie and John Creegan want to raise funds for Caudwell Children, which provided their daughter Katie with a specialist-adapted tricycle worth £815.
Katie, from Lisburn, Northern Ireland, has Down's Syndrome and underwent life-saving surgery after suffering four cardiac arrests. The trike will help stimulate and strengthen Katie's legs making it more possible for her to have independence when she is older.
Annemarie said: "Katie gets so excited and the tricycle is perfect for her. She no longer has to go out with us in her pram and we can't thank Caudwell Children enough. It fully supports her while sitting and we are really delighted.
"It's such a huge amount of money for equipment like this, without help we simply couldn't get it for Katie.
"We really need these charities for disabled children, without them Katie would have nothing."
With applications for help coming in from more families in Northern Ireland, the Creegans are calling on the public to support the charity's work.
Caudwell Children chief executive Trudi Beswick said: "We are desperate for support in the Belfast area. It's crucial people understand the importance of our work by seeing how much it can change the lives of children like Katie and pledging their support."
Caudwell Children, based in Stoke-on-Trent, in the West Midlands, provides treatment, therapy, equipment and family support services for sick and disabled children throughout the UK. To support Caudwell Children in Belfast visit http://www.justgiving.com/Katie-Creegan.