Youngster with cerebral palsy tackles charity challenge

A little boy with cerebral palsy whose family were told he may never learn to walk is defying the doctors’ predictions.

Four-year-old Benjamin Strickland, who lives on the Isle of Wight, was determined to take part in this month’s ‘Walk the Wight’ charity challenge.

The fundraiser was a particular effort for the school pupil, who has weakness in his right arm and leg, experiences trouble balancing and is blind in one eye.

Despite the difficulties that his condition presents, the youngster has responded well to regular physiotherapy sessions and has even learned to ride a bike and horse.

Speaking ahead of the walk, his mum Sarah said: “This will be really, really tough for Benjamin as he struggles to walk far and needs little rests.

“He’s so determined to do it and raising money for charity gets him really excited – he’s such a caring little boy.

“We want to teach Benjamin from an early age that you can do anything if you really put your heart into it.”

Benjamin completed the four mile route last weekend and his efforts have raised hundreds of pounds for a hospice that previously cared for his grandmother.

The family also hope that the walk will have raised awareness for cerebral palsy

In recognition of the achievement, Benjamin was recently honoured at the Child Of Wight Awards.

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