Emma Chapman, mum to Alfred, takes us through her go-to wheelchair-friendly family locations.
When it comes to wheelchair-friendly places we love to go to the following places in Alfred’s wizzybug (child-friendly electric wheelchair) and other equipment such as a trike or carer-assisted wheelchair:
- The National Memorial Arboretum
- Hick’s Lodge
- Rosliston Forestry Centre
- The National Forest Adventure Farm
- Church Farm Tea Rooms & Children’s Farm
All of which have accessible cafes that serve nice lunches and more importantly, lovely cakes.
Alfred was born lifeless in September 2015 with the umbilical cord wrapped twice around his neck. It took seven minutes to resuscitate our little boy, at which point he was put on a ventilator. He had been starved of oxygen, which caused serious damage deep within his brain.
Sadly at four months old we realised Alfred couldn’t use his arms like other babies his age, and after consulting
a private physiotherapist it was confirmed that Alfred has Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. We are always fundraising for Alfred’s intensive physiotherapy courses in Oxfordshire and Boston, USA. Alfred has undertaken four intensive courses over the last year and a half. We’ve also purchased countless pieces of equipment to enable his daily progress and avoid scoliosis and muscle contractures. So far, the above has cost £23,000.
This time last year Alfred didn’t have the muscle control to kneel unaided and attempted to crawl forward. Now he can do this, and we see great progress in his co-ordination. We truly believe these intensives will give him the best quality of life going forward; giving him the best opportunity to learn to be independent one day.
To donate towards Alfred’s life-changing treatment, log on to: www.justgiving.com/campaign/teamalfred
For more accessible walks, click through to our feature 'Accessible Walks in Derbyshire & Staffordshire' here.