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Jessica Innowalk

Katherine discusses how an Innowalk from Variety has allowed daughter Jessica to move freely for the first time

25th June 2020 / Grants

Fourteen-year-old Jessica, who lives in Devon, has cerebral palsy, and is unable to stand or walk unaided. As she’s grown older, her muscles have increasingly stiffened, which is a result of having too much muscle tone – a feature of her condition. Not having the freedom to move independently has an impact on Jessica’s self-esteem, while a lack of physical exercise over the long-term means she may develop even more muscle tightness. It also places her at an increased risk of contracting a number of chronic diseases. Here, mum Katherine tells us about the life-changing difference an Innowalk from Variety has made to her daughter.

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Ilias Variety racing wheelchair

Sana describes how two new sports wheelchairs from Variety have been a 'game changer' for her son, Illias

19th June 2020 / Wheelchairs

Thirteen-year-old Illias has a diagnosis of lumbosacral spina bifida and incomplete lower limb paralysis, which means he is reliant on a self-propelled wheelchair for independent mobility. A keen sportsman, Illias already has an impressive basketball and athletics track record. Variety helped Illias get a new customised basketball wheelchair and, more recently, a bespoke athletic racing wheelchair, both of which have been a 'game changer' for Illias, according to proud mum, Sana. He lives in north London with his parents – Sana and Hamid – and older brother, Adam.

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Faith and her Active Light wheelchair

Mum Lily tells us about Faith's new mobility and freedom, thanks to receiving the right wheelchair from Variety

17th June 2020 / Wheelchairs

Faith is a nine-year-old girl from Buckinhamshire who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Compared with her peers, her motor skills are delayed, and her movement patterns are immature and slow. Here, Faith's mother Lily describes the difference that having an active light wheelchair and a lateral trunk support, funded by Variety, has made to Faith's life.

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Tyler sensory kit

Kerry discusses her life as a parent-carer of Tyler, and shares how a sensory kit from Variety has helped

10th June 2020 / Grants

Nine-year-old Tyler suffered from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) when he was born – this is a type of brain damage that happens when an infant's brain doesn't receive enough oxygen and blood. He has autism, ADHD, SPD, and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), which means he is mostly fed through a feeding tube. In addition, Tyler has mild cerebral palsy and general learning difficulties. Tyler has one brother, Rueben, who also has autism and SPD, and a baby sister Lily, who was born in December 2019. They live with mum, Kerry, and dad, James, in Essex. Here, Kerry discusses her life as a parent-carer, and describes how a tactile sensory kit received from Variety has helped the family. 

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Empty playground during COVID-19 pandemic

Parents of disabled children offer tips for coping at home during the COVID-19 outbreak

14th April 2020 / Variety at Work

While all children's lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 outbreak, children with disablities have been particularly hard hit by school closures, disrupted routines, and a lack of access to care support as well as by the confinement measures, which means that vital outdoor activities have become much more limited. Here, in there own words, some of the parents of the children Variety supports share their tips for coping at home during these difficult times.

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