Next week on 21 November 2017, Eva, who is supported in Leicester, will join the team from Waring Close in an 11-hour trampoline jump-athon to raise funds to purchase an adapted bike. Jess Brookes, Senior Support Worker, tells Eva’s story…
Eva moved into Waring Close in January, so has lived with us for almost a year now. Eva came to us with a varied “wish list” of how she would like to spend her time, including activities such as going to the cinema to watch gory films, going out for cups of tea and slices of cake and shopping. Eva had also indicated that she would like to do trampolining and horse riding, so we set about finding out how Eva could access this.
Some of the people we support at Waring Close access an RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) group, so we took Eva along to meet the staff and horses there. Eva showed no hesitation in greeting the horses and in the few short weeks she has been riding there, has progressed from needing the staff to hold her hand onto the reigns during a trot, to sitting beautifully upright in the saddle and trotting with no extra support required from staff. Eva’s mount and dismount has improved and she happily thanks the horse at the end of her lesson by feeding him a carrot.
Eva has also become a regular at Jump Giants Trampoline Park where she accesses a relaxed session up to twice a week. Eva executes a fantastic seat drop and also leads and follows routines with her support staff. Eva can perform a tuck jump, straddle jump, and half turn and with persistence, can be persuaded to point her toes and raise her arms above her head like a professional!