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Cyclists on thier bikes for Isabel, 4
9:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Ledbury
A GIRL with cerebral palsy is able to join in with her friends thanks to the generosity of fundraisers.
Isabel Tipping, aged four, from Malvern, has been given a special therapy cycle worth more than £1,200 after the money was raised by Worcester cycle team, the Green Bike Riders, as well as Worcester Round Table.
She was presented with the cycle at the cycle club’s base at The Green Bike Company, on Bromyard Road, on Saturday, where mum Ann Bell, who also contributed to its cost, said it would enable her to join in with her friends as well as her sister Jade, aged nine, and sevenyear- old brother Harry, instead of being confined to her wheelchair.
“Isabel is going to be able to do something for herself instead of having to rely on someone to push her around,” she said.
“As well as the social benefits the tricycle will also help with Isabel’s health by giving her physiotherapy and exercise as she can’t walk independently.
“Her brother and sister are just so happy she is going to be able to join in the fun with them. This piece of equipment is just so expensive, Isabel could not have received it without support.”
Last year, the team presented four-year-old Felix Jones-Whale, from Kidderminster, with a similar piece of equipment. The fundraising was part of an appeal by the Caudwell Children charity, which supports disabled children and their families, and chief executive Trudi Beswick said she was delighted the two fundraising groups had got together to raise the money for Isabel.
“Equipment like this isn’t available on the NHS and comes at a huge cost to families,”
she said. “By working with fund-raisers in the community, crucial donations like this can be made to children like Isabel, helping promote social inclusion and boost self-esteem.”
Green Bike Riders spokesman Richard Watling said each member of the team donates £1 for each ride they go on, which is put towards a charitable cause in the area.
“The aim is for us to help children with disabilities to enjoy life through cycling, something we sometimes take for granted,” he said.
co.uk or call 0844 888 2008. Worcester Round Table can be contacted on 0845 508 0000 or via worcester.roundtable.
For more on Caudwell Children, call 01782 600262 or visit caudwellchildren.com.
Cyclists on their bikes for Isabel, 4 by Ian Craig 01905 742253 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @IanCraigWN BIKE DELIGHT: Mary Rose from Caudwell Children, back left, with Ann Bell. Front, Ian Moseley from the Green Bike Company, Isabel Tipping on her new bike, with brother Harry, aged seven, and nine-year-old sister Jade.
The Green Bike Riders are looking on at the background.
National approval for psychiatry programme SERVICES that support people with mental health problems have been given a national seal of approval.
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s mental health crisis assessment team and its home treatment teams covering Worcester, Malvern and Wychavon have been officially recognised by the Royal College of Psychiatry’s accreditation programme.
The scheme provides reassurance for service users, carers, commissioners, regulators and staff and is only awarded to services that have demonstrated high quality during a rigorous programme of assessments.
The crisis assessment team responds to urgent referrals for assessment and provides short-term crisis support right across Worcestershire.
Home treatment teams provide care for people who would otherwise need to be admitted to psychiatric hospital and can also help people to be discharged early.
Home treatment teams covering Redditch. Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest are currently going through the accreditation process.
Derek Hammond, the trust’s clinical lead for adult mental health, said: “This accreditation is the equivalent of a Kite Mark or a gold standard and is only awarded to those which deliver the highest quality services
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