Hot wheel hopes for young Erin

Keen to keep up with her siblings active Glenrothes girl Erin O’Grady’s family is on the hunt for help to buy specially adapted bike.

Eight-year-old Erin, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at just 11 weeks old, is eager to be able to play outside with her brother and sister and friends.

Erin O'Grady is hoping a crowdfund campaign will result in a specially adapted bike to allow her play more.

Erin O'Grady is hoping a crowdfund campaign will result in a specially adapted bike to allow her play more.

The Pitteuchar youngster has recently struggled with a tightening of the muscles behind her knees.

During botox treatments to relieve the tension, doctors advised mum Sam O’Grady that a specially adapted bike could help relieve the pressure. The upright style running bike is fixed with supports which will aid Erin as she uses it.

“It would be brilliant for her,” said Sam. “She’d be able to play outside with her friends. She sees her brother outside playing on his bike.

“She can feel restricted because she can see the other kids doing what she can’t.

“When we want to go down to the park it can be hard for her to walk there. The bike will make it easier and it will help her legs at the same time. I also think it will make her feel more independent.”

Erin’s ‘nanny’ Jacqueline Forrest has set up a crowdfunding page to help try and raise enough money to make Erin’s wish come true.

“We’ve had such an amazing support from the community, friends and family and even businesses such as Jocks Taxi Company who have all generously donated,” added Sam.

Sister Toni-Lee (11) and brother Lewis (7) have clubbed together to put £30 towards the cause as well as £970 raised locally towards the £2000 target.

Erin has made a video to say thank you to everyone. To watch the video visit 
www.fifetoday.co.uk.