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thumb Special TrikesKaren and Paul Johnson live in Ossett and are parents of three gorgeous little boys, Charlie, Jack and Joe. Charlie and Jack are 5 years old twins and Joe is 3 yrs old. The twins were born prematurely and were only allowed home from hospital after 12 weeks, many of which were spent in intensive care. Both boys were left with a number of development and health problems but with the great support of Mum and Dad, family and friends, they keep winning the battles to live as near a normal life as possible.

They were 4 years old before they were able to take their first independent steps. Charlie\'s walking has shown considerable progress but he gets tired quickly and needs supervision. Jack is trying extremely hard and is being encouraged to walk without his frame but it its very hard for him and he does need a wheelchair for longer distances or days out. Despite all their problems they have started their education at South Parade School in Ossett where they receive one to one support, but mobility continues to be a source of frustration for them. Recently Jack was given the chance to ride a specially designed trike belonging to a disabled friend and according to Mum it was fantastic, he could pedal it himself, gave him independence and allowed him to play with his younger brother. Jack was desperate for a trike of his own, and Karen and Paul could also see the potential benefits for Charlie. Unfortunately as with all special needs equipment they come with a very high price tag and it is especially expensive when buying for two, initially thought to be up to

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