A young UK girl with cerebral palsy has plans to tackle an ice-skating challenge, in a bid to raise funds for charity very close to her heart.
Nine-year-old Mia Thorne, Pontypridd, hopes to raise £1,000 for children’s charity Dreams Come True, which reportedly funded a holiday to Florida for the budding ice-skater in 2012.
Mia will overcome the balance issues associated with her condition to skate unaided over an ice rink – as part of charity ice hockey match to be held in Cardiff in coming weeks.
The brave girl has previously organised a charity cake sale for Dreams Come True – which successfully raised £219.
But now, she wishes to take on a fundraising challenge a little “more challenging,” according to mother, Karene Thorne.
“Her first step is to learn how to skate, and she’s had her first lesson where she was completely supported,” said Ms Thorne.
“Mia has problems with her balance and is prone to dislocations – so it is a huge challenge for her.
“It may seem an easy challenge to some, but even walking on a normal floor is difficult for Mia.
“Even putting the ice skates on is hard work for her”.
Young Mia has set herself a target of £1,000 for the challenge, but the ambitious skater hopes that her involvement in the event, an all-stars ice hockey match, could raise more.
“The £1,000 figure is the amount it would take to make just one child’s dream come true,” said Ms Thorne.
“Mia knows the benefits of what the charity does for children like her, and that’s what drives her on”.
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