Mum braves storm for fund-raising challenge

Louise Dinnen, of South Shore, with her son, Sonny Dinnen-Kennedy, six, who has cerebral palsy.
Louise Dinnen, of South Shore, with her son, Sonny Dinnen-Kennedy, six, who has cerebral palsy.
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A delighted mother has thanked the generous people who helped raise enough money to buy her disabled son a new tricycle.

Sonny Dinnen-Kennedy, six, has cerebral palsy and needs a specially-adapted tricycle that would cost around £1,800 to have custom built.

Mum Louise Dinnen, from South Shore, was among a group of friends who braved gale force winds on the Promenade to carry out a sponsored walk in their pyjamas to help fund the tricycle.

She said: “It was great and the bike is pretty much ready to be paid for.

“We raised £920 from the walk.

“I’m absolutely over the moon – I wasn’t expecting that at all.

“The weather was quite difficult and when we got to town the police were closing the Promenade.”

The group walked from the Pleasure Beach to North Pier in winds of up to 50mph on November 2.

The same weekend, 11 people, including Louise’s friend Stacey Van Bogerijen, from Fleetwood, ran 5km around the port and managed to raise around £1,400 in the process.

Ms Dinnen added: “Between the two events we’ve got enough to pay for the bike.

“Now Sonny will be getting a crash helmet and everything.

“It was a massive effort and a job well done.”

Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that affects coordination and it is hoped the tricycle will help Sonny move around.

The tricycle will have to be custom built from scratch and will take around nine weeks to be delivered.

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