Foresters Friendly Society grants £1,000 to Orpington Family

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Grant funds New Year tricycle toy for child with cerebral palsy

A family in Orpington, Kent have benefited from a Foresters Friendly Society grant of over £1,000 to fund the purchase of a special mobility tricycle1 for their four year old daughter, who was born with cerebral palsy, a condition which impairs mobility and balance.

Gabriella Rolls will now benefit from using the tricycle which will help her to exercise, develop her posture and will provide her more freedom to enjoy life to the full, as well as playing alongside her twin brother Freddie, who does not suffer from the condition.  Both Gabriella and Freddie already have Child Trust Fund accounts with the Foresters Friendly Society. This entitled their parents to apply for the special grant from the Society.

Gabriella's mother, Mrs Efthalia Rolls, said:

"As parents of a child with cerebral palsy we work really hard to ensure that Gabriella has as much freedom as we can possibly give her, as well as every opportunity to play alongside her brother and her other friends.

"Receiving this new tricycle not only made a fantastic Christmas present for Gabriella but also reminded our family of the fantastic support given by Foresters Friendly Society to its members."

Chris Morris, Foresters Friendly Society Area Co-Ordinator, added:

"As a mutual organisation we are fully committed to protecting the needs and interests of our members. We are delighted to have been able to help Gabriella and the Rolls family by providing a grant for the tricycle and hope that its arrival really helps to improve Gabriella's everyday life."