Arty teenager receives an early Christmas present

A teenager with cerebral palsy will have far greater independence following a generous donation by a charitable fund.

Seventeen-year-old Eve Locke has spent the £1,000 grant on an iPad, which has been specially adapted for her wheelchair.

The device has allowed the teenager, from Barrow, Cumbria, to pursue one of her passions; she has a love of art but struggles to grip a pen or paintbrush.

Now however she can create designs and pictures using the tablet’s touch screen, as well as being able to watch wildlife films.

Mum Karen said: “Although she is very physically disabled, she’s very, very clever.

“She’s desperate to do things independently and at school they have got an iPad with special programs on so she’s going to get one with an adapted arm set on the side of her wheelchair. It’s from a special company so she can use it herself.

“She likes to be creative and look at pictures and paintings but, because her hands are twisted, she can’t hold pens, but there are special programmes she can use her finger on to make designs. It’s going to be a big help and increase her independence.”

The device will be a particular comfort during Eve’s stay at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the early part of next year (she is due to undergo an operation to flatten her spine.)

The grant was made available by the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charity Fund, which each month selects a worthy cause to support.

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