Amazing Alice is on the right track

Alice Bates enjoys dancing to a Wii game in her new walking frame, with sisters Emily and Abigail. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG241111-230NG
Alice Bates enjoys dancing to a Wii game in her new walking frame, with sisters Emily and Abigail. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG241111-230NG
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CEREBRAL palsy sufferer Alice Bates now has a new piece of kit to help her at home – thanks to generous Free Press readers who donated cash to our children’s fund.

Last summer readers raised £8,000 to buy Alice (4) a powered wheelchair, giving the youngster her first ever taste of freedom by moving around under her own steam.

You were so generous that your donations far exceeded the appeal fund target and now we have been able to help Alice again by buying a ‘gait trainer’.

Alice’s mum, Charlotte, explained: “Recently Alice’s condition has worsened and one side of her body is now growing more quickly than the other.

“To help correct this she needs to be put into weight-bearing positions to encourage healthy growth.”

Alice’s school, Long Sutton Primary, sourced a walker for use at school only but Charlotte and husband Andy managed to locate a similar walker in Castleford, West Yorkshire.

It was going second hand for a bargain £500 – rather than the £1,300 brand new price – and The Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund donations for Alice allowed them to snap it up straight away.

Alice is one of six children and her sisters Abigail, Emily and Hannah love Wii dance games.

Now, thanks to her new walker, Alice can join in rather than sit on the sidelines.

Alice goes to school in the wheelchair provided by Free Press readers and she’s doing really well since she started there in September.

She’s counting and recognising numbers up to 25, recognising some of the alphabet and putting together six or seven word sentences.

Charlotte said: “Her vocabulary is amazing.”

As a thank you, Charlotte is planning a fundraiser of her own next year so she can donate some money to the children’s fund.

Charlotte said: “We are just so grateful that The Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund exists and to the many people who donated to it to help Alice.”