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Fun in the snow for wheelchair user Bethany

The snow didn’t stop one little girl from having some fun despite her being a wheelchair user. Insisting that his daughter shouldn’t miss out, Mr Smith, Bethany’s father, decided it was time for some inventing in order to get his daughter out of her wheelchair and in to the snow.

So the specially adapted children’s wheelchair was parked up temporarily as he converted the family washing basket in to a sledge that was warm and comfortable for Bethany who suffers from a life-limiting neuromuscular condition called Mitochondrial Myopathy.

“We came up with the idea of adapting a washing basket and adding some padding. When we went out it wasn’t snowing but by the time we got going it was a blizzard so that’s why she had an umbrella too.

She really enjoyed it, she just said it was amazing and funny, it was the fact she’s never been sledging before.” said Mr Smith.

The adapted washing basket seemed to work well and used in conjunction with an umbrella Bethany was able to enjopy her time out of the wheelchair and her first foray in to winter snow sports.

Bethany uses a manual pediatric wheelchair on a daily basis but is hoping to move on to an electric wheelchair before too long so that she can gain some independence both at home and at school where her teaching assistant often pushes her wheelchair. With her special requirements the electric wheelchair is likely to cost in the region of £18,000 so the family are presently raising money towards its purchase.

We wish Bethany and her family all the best in this challenge and hope that she is able to upgrade to an electric wheelchair as soon as possible.