Aboyne Academy’s Additional Support Needs (ASN) base received a donation of £400 from the Ballater Charitable Chiels to buy a new adapted tricycle for the school.
Second-year-pupil Shaun Cairns (pictured with Chiels Scott Fraser (right) and Lindsay Smith), has cerebral palsy and uses the tricycle to access many of his lessons, such as shopping, social studies visits within the community, outdoor education and other school activities.
Use of the trike not only increases Shaun’s independence, but also helps to improve fitness and gross motor skills.
Shaun recently used the trike during the school’s sponsored walk along the Ballater-Aboyne cycle track - an excellent example of how such equipment can allow children to participate independently in activities alongside their peers.
When Shaun’s old trike collapsed in the summer term, teachers made an emergency plea to the Charitable Chiels, who came up trumps with an immediate donation to allow purchase of a new tricycle. Working in conjunction with the school’s physiotherapy service, the academy was able to source a specially-adapted trike which will not only suit Shaun’s needs, but can also be used by other children with similar needs. Thanks went to the Chiels for their rapid response and enthusiastic support of the ASN base.