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Trike designers come up trumps for disabled Brighton girl
WITH VIDEO: Offers of support have been flooding into The Argus to help keep a disabled little Brighton girl mobile.
Summer Stokley, who suffers from Retts syndrome, is in desperate need of a new tricycle to prevent her becoming totally wheelchair-bound.
After we published a story appealing for help designing a new mobility aid for the four-year-old in Monday’s paper, offers of help have been pouring in.
Summer, of Auckland Drive, Brighton, had been able to lead a much more normal life because of her ScuttleBug trike which lets her go to school and play with her friends– but she has now outgrown it.
Grandad’s Bike Shop in Elm Grove have offered their custom-bike building services to see if they can fit Summer up with a new machine.
Owner Stewart Gover said: “We have a tiny boat-bike with stabilisers that might work.
“We build a lot of custom bikes, so we would love Summer and her family to come in so we can see if we can build something for her.”
Help for Summer has come from around the world and her family have said they are delighted.
Mark Papo, whose own daughter Charlize also suffers from Retts syndrome, said he was inspired to get in touch with Summer’s family – despite living in Australia.
He said: “We have been using a special walking machine to help my daughter develop hopefully some mobility; she is only two and we are hopeful.”
He recommended a company that make special adaptive tricycles.
Mookie Toys, the company that make Scuttlebug trikes, is investigating whether it would be possible to make a special larger version of their popular toddler tricycle for Summer.
Bernadeta Tobiasiewicz is a design engineering student at the University of Nottingham who has been working on go-karts for children with disabilities. She said: “I would love to get involved and help on the project for Summers new mobility aid. I am particularly interested in bespoke design. I can be of any help I would love to assist you.
“I would be very willing to spend time to come up with a design that can be produced at low cost and minimal tooling. This could be a design that will grow and evolve with Summer or a product that is simple enough to be rebuilt in various sizes as Summer continues to grow.”
Online readers of theargus.co.uk have also been making helpful suggestions of ways to remodel her existing trike and charities that might be able to help.
Summer’s dad James Stokley said: “I can’t believe there have been so many people already. You are superstars.”