Cerebra is making Poppy’s dream come true – with the help of Carmarthen based businessman Ron Mounsey and his daughter Pippa.
On 26th June 2016 ten year old Poppy Jones and her dad Rob will take part in the Cardiff Triathlon together to raise money for Cerebra. But they will face an additional challenge – ten year old Poppy has cerebral palsy and Rob will be pushing/pulling her around the course using custom made equipment specially designed by the charity’s design team.
Dad Rob is facing a real challenge in preparing for the event. He’s never taken part in a triathlon before and isn’t a regular swimmer, runner or cyclist. A few months ago he could only manage two lengths of the local swimming pool, didn’t own a pair of running shoes and is using his ancient bicycle to train.
On hearing of Rob’s predicament Carmarthen businessman Ron Mounsey and his daughter Pippa kindly offered to donate a bicycle so that the pair could complete their challenge. They presented the bicycle to Rob at the McDonald’s restaurant in Carmarthen on 22nd April.
Cerebra’s Innovation Centre, a partnership project with the University of Wales Trinity St David, are designing and building the custom-made equipment that Rob and Poppy will need to take them to the finish line: a boat that can be pulled for the swim and a chair that can be pushed for the running element and attached to the bicycle for the cycling phase. Now that they have a suitable bicycle the Innovation team can complete their work and the exciting designs will be unveiled soon.
Ten year old Poppy was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. She can’t sit, stand, roll or support herself and life is a daily challenge for her. She has suffered many health problems over the years and there have been times when doctors didn’t think she would pull through.
Dad Rob explains, “there have been times when it has been very touch and go and we feel very lucky that she has been with us for the last 10 years”. But having a life-limiting condition doesn’t stop Poppy having fun. Poppy is a determined character with a great sense of humour. Her sense of adventure knows no bounds. She is a real thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie and has a true competitive spirit. Rob explains, “Poppy doesn’t think ‘I can’t’ but rather ‘with a little help I can’. I’ve got my work cut out though as Poppy doesn’t want to just take part – she wants to win!”
Cerebra, Rob and Poppy are also grateful to Beiciau Hobbs in Carmarthen for donating a cycle helmet.
If you would like to support Rob and Poppy please visit www.justgiving.com/Rob-Jones42. Or if you would like to sponsor the project in any way please get in touch with us on 01267 244221.
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