Eleven year old Poppy was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. She can’t sit, stand, roll or support herself and life is a daily challenge for her. She has suffered many health problems over the years and there have been times when doctors didn’t think she would pull through.
But having a life-limiting condition doesn’t stop Poppy having fun. Poppy is a determined character with a great sense of humour. Her sense of adventure knows no bounds. She is a real thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie and has a true competitive spirit.
In June 2016 Poppy and her dad, Rob, took part in the Cardiff Triathlon together to raise money and awareness for Cerebra using custom made equipment specially designed by our Innovation Centre. To date the pair have raised over £10,000 for us and have plans to take part in many more events. Poppy told us:
“Cerebra is special to me because they help support children like me with brain related conditions. When I was younger I spent a lot of time in hospital. In the past 3 years I have been better and helped fundraise for charity. This year, I did my first triathlon for Cerebra – it was amazing! My type of cerebral palsy is rare so I like to tell people more about disabilities and me. Next I would like to do the London marathon so more people can hear about Cerebra”.
The pair have since become Ambassadors for Cerebra and are delighted to be able to help raise awareness of the work the charity does. Rob said:
“Poppy and I are excited at the opportunity to be Ambassadors for Cerebra. It was a real pleasure working with the Cerebra team on #poppysdream . The Cerebra Innovation Centre is a superb resource and important partnership with the University of Wales Trinity St David. The charity has great people, is very well run and creates high quality outcomes for families . Diolch!”