Big push needed to get Bella her bike

Bella Collins pictured on her wheelchair.
Bella Collins pictured on her wheelchair.

Bella Collins is four and has a wide range of medical conditions, including Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Turner’s Syndrome, Kabuki Syndrome, as well as some seizure activity.

Yet she has a smile that lights up the room and which rarely leaves her face.

Watching her deftly manoeuvre herself across a room using her arms, it’s hard not to be amazed at how acceptable she is of what life has thrown at her.

Outside of the house she uses a wheelchair, again with great skill, but her mummy, Amanda, is now hoping she can gain extra freedom by purchasing a specially made trike.

But she needs some help as the cost of each trike is at least £1,500.

Amanda explained: “I am so determined that Bella will live as normal a life as possible; and has a childhood that she so deserves.

“The TomCat trikes are specially made for each individual child, and are so expensive.

“There’s just no way I can afford one on my own but it would be so amazing to have it from Santa this year.

“Bella loves bikes and always asks to sit on others but once on, she can’t go anywhere as she cannot operate a normal bike.

“The TomCat trike is also much more than a bike.

“It will help to keep her fit and healthy and encourage her to go outside more.

“At the minute Bella’s wheelchair does allow her to get outside, but she can only to go on paved areas.

“The Hand Propelled Trike by TomCat will allow Bella to go on terrain in forests, stony paths, the beach and to play with other kids on their bikes.”

The total cost of the trike will only be known once the custom bike is built so Amanda has pledged for any remaining funds raised to go to a charity.

She explained: “The full money will be spent on a hand propelled bike, custom made for Bella’s needs. If the bike costs less than £1500, the remainder of the money will be donated to Shine, a charity that meets the needs, values the contribution and celebrates the lives of people living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.”

In just 24 hours the fund has already raised over half of what is needed.

Amanda said: “I have been completely overewhelmed with people’s generosity already; it’s very humbling and we are so grateful for everyone’s support.”

If you want to contribute to Bella’s bike you can at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/amanda-dougherty-1