Summer camp encourages disabled kids to get active


Posted on Thursday 17 July 2014
boy in wheelchair with ball

A young patient gets active

Children with cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome will be able to go-kart, cycle and sail their way through the school holidays thanks to Guy’s and St Thomas’ physiotherapists.

The camp, which runs from Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August in various locations across Lambeth and Southwark, aims to help disabled children and their families get involved in sporting activities during the summer break.

Children’s physiotherapist Rachel Rider says: "Sometimes children with a disability can feel nervous about trying new activities and sports. But there are lots of fun things for them to do this summer like cycling and gymnastics.

"Often all they and their parents need is a little reassurance and away they go.

The activity centres, which include the Oasis Cycle Centre and Adventure Playground in Stockwell and Surrey Docks Watersports Centre in Surrey Quays, have fully trained staff to help. Most have specially adapted equipment like dual cycles and hoists to get children into go-karts.

Rachel adds: "We want the children to make the most of the summer by doing something fun and new while staying fit and healthy. We hope it doesn’t stop there and they find a new hobby or after-school activity. If they are talented, you never know where it will lead."

Contact: Veronica Higgs on 020 3049 6029 or email veronica.higgs@gstt.nhs.uk.

 

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