Birthday wish comes true for young Jeanie

Jeanie on her bike
Jeanie on her bike

A little girl with a number of health problems has seen her birthday wish come true after she was presented with a specially-adapted trike.

Jeanie Walsh-Dodd featured on the front page of the Boston Standard in February as her mum Cathy tried to rise about £1,700 for the trike.

And on Friday that dream came true with Jeanie taking delivery of her very-own bright red trike.

It came after Love Shack Children’s Charity pledged to match funds raised by friends and family, which totalled more than £850.

Six-year-old Jeanie, a pupil at Staniland Academy, Boston, was diagnosed with spina bifida myelomeningocele, a deformity of the spinal cord, shortly after birth and experts at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, also discovered a build-up of fluid on the brain known as hydrocephalus.

On top of this, Jeanie has to live with a neuropathic or neurogenic bladder dysfunction and the result of her conditions include a weakness of the legs, loss of feeling below the knees, tiredness and walking difficulties.

Of the trike, Cathy said: “She loves it. I can’t keep her off it. She doesn’t usually like going out in the rain but she’s been itching to get on her trike every day.”

Kathy also explained how the trike will strengthen Jeanie’s knees and enable her to walk better if the future.

Love Shack Children’s Charity is run by volunteers. Its mission is to make a positive change to the lives of children and young people in Kenya and the UK.

Love Shack Family Fun Day and Craft Fair will take place on Sunday, July 17.

If you would like to know more about the work of Love Shack visit www.loveshack orthe dharity shop at Shodfriars Hall in Boston.