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Great Yarmouth gym helps woman wih cerebral palsy walk for first time

PUBLISHED: 09:57 30 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:57 30 June 2015

Lisa Borrett who was born with cerebral palsy is being helped to walk with the help of BWell gym trainer Paul Brice.

Lisa Borrett who was born with cerebral palsy is being helped to walk with the help of BWell gym trainer Paul Brice.

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A woman born with cerebral palsy is walking for the first time thanks to a Great Yarmouth gym.

Lisa Borrett who was born with cerebral palsy is being helped to walk with the help of BWell gym trainer Paul Brice.
Supplied pictures of Lisa as a child.Lisa Borrett who was born with cerebral palsy is being helped to walk with the help of BWell gym trainer Paul Brice. Supplied pictures of Lisa as a child.

Lisa Borrett, 34, had been confined to a wheelchair since the age of nine. Her movement was severely restricted and her quality of life diminished.

However, nine years ago Lisa made a decision to “reduce her medication and take control of her life” and has been working out with personal trainer Paul Brice at BWell gym ever since, with the aim of being able to get out of her wheelchair and take her first steps.

Lisa exercises twice a week at the Bessemer Way gym, with various exercises which challenge body and mind. Paul praised Lisa, saying that with “lots of practice and Lisa’s own bit of spice, her development has been amazing”. Now all that hard work has paid off as Lisa has started to walk with the help of an aid.

But she isn’t stopping there, work at Centre 81 and the Norfolk Coastal Centre for Independent Living, both in the Yarmouth area, allows Lisa to help other people with disabilities and share her experiences. With the help of East Anglian DriveAbility she is even looking into the adaptations needed to allow her to lean to drive, something that nobody thought she would ever be able to do.

Lisa, of Lowestoft, said: “It’s been difficult at times and it hasn’t been an easy road, but I’m not going to stop, I’m planning on helping to put other people through the same process.”

To do this, she has set up the charity Life Take Two with the help of a £9,700 lottery grant, to help others in similar situations “achieve the unthinkable.”

Life Take Two aims to open up the door to rehabilitation through physical exercise, by raising money to help individuals get into often expensive exercise programmes which could help them progress.

Paul, who is also involved in Life Take Two, said: “There are cases out there where individuals would benefit more from a gym membership over expensive pain relief that can often just mask problems rather than allowing people take control of their own futures.”

Lisa is hoping that Life Takes Two will be able to help people regain independence and see that it is “amazing what your body and mind can do together.”

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