Cerebral palsy sufferer's new set of wheels

PUBLISHED: 07:32 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:35 15 June 2010

Jamie shows off his new mode of transport

Jamie shows off his new mode of transport

CEREBRAL palsy sufferer Jamie Dyer, five, is having the time of his life on a new set of wheels thanks to fundraisers in Honiton.

CEREBRAL palsy sufferer Jamie Dyer, five, is having the time of his life on a new set of wheels - thanks to fundraisers in Honiton.The Vine Social Club paid £1,000 for the R82 Cheetah manual wheelchair.Jamie's parents, Peter and June, of Milldale Crescent, have gladly paid for extras, including a push handle and body supports."It's all adaptable and will grow with him," said June.Delighted Jamie, who gave the Midweek Herald a demonstration of his driving skills, said: "It's much easier than an electric wheelchair and it makes me stronger."Jamie, a pupil at Honiton Community Primary School and Vranch House, in Pinhoe, is recovering after an operation on his hips last April.Surgeons have inserted metal plates and pins - to allow him to bear weight on his legs.Although he is unlikely to ever be able to walk to and from school, the outcome could make a big difference to his life.Members of The Vine Social Club contacted his parents some time ago, to say if ever he needed anything they would be willing to help.They raised the cash for his wheelchair, sold by firm R82 at a generous 40 per cent discount, by running the stocks at this year's Honiton Charter Day and through a sponsored walk.Mr and Mrs Dyer would like to publicly thank them for their generosity.Jamie will be attending Saturday wheelchair classes, to help him get the most out of his new bit of kit, next year."He's a typical boy with wheels," said his mum. "You have to mind your toes!


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