Sea Palling’s Angel needs bike to help her run like dad

Angel Allen, 13, from Sea Palling, wants to take part in the fun runs held alongside half marathons

Angel Allen, 13, from Sea Palling, wants to take part in the fun runs held alongside half marathons and other events in which her postman dad Paul regularly competes. At the minute, Angel has to watch from the sidelines when her dad, a member of Coltishall Jaguars running club, and brother Ben, eight, take part in events. Picture: ALLY McGILVRAY - Credit: Archant

A teenager given 48 hours to live when she was a baby is raring to run, but needs a special bicycle to help achieve her dream.

Angel Allen, 13, from Sea Palling, wants to take part in the fun runs held alongside half marathons and other events in which her postman dad Paul regularly competes.

Her family is fundraising for a £2,400 running bike designed for use by people like Angel who have cerebral palsy.

The three-wheeled bike supports the rider who can then push themselves along using their feet.

A 1950s' singalong hosted by the Sea Palling Singers in Sea Palling and Waxham Village Hall will take place on Friday, August 26, at 7pm. Admission and refreshments are free, but donations towards Angel's bike appeal would be welcomed.


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Born without any disabilities, at just two-and-a-half weeks old Angel had a stroke after being kissed by someone with a cold sore, according to her mum Alex.

She had developed a severe allergic reaction to the herpes simplex 1 virus which had caused the sore.

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'Within 24 hours she had tiny blisters on her shoulders and the next morning she was in seizure with a massive blood clot covering most of her brain,' said Mrs Allen.

'She was given 48 hours to live but I told them 'She will prove you wrong. She's stubborn, like her mum,' - and she did.'

Angel, a pupil at the specialist needs Clare School, in Norwich, was left with problems including learning difficulties, epilepsy and some paralysis.

But Mrs Allen said, despite her difficulties, Angel was a happy soul.

'She's bubbly and really into her sport - swimming and tennis at school - and listening to music. You can't help liking her,' said Mrs Allen.

At the minute, Angel has to watch from the sidelines when her dad, a member of Coltishall Jaguars running club, and brother Ben, eight, take part in events.

She had tried out a running bike earlier in the year, taking to it like a duck to water, said Mrs Allen. 'Now she keeps asking when she will get one.'

The family has set up a crowdfunding page for the appeal at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/a-allen?utm_id=2&utm_term=KNYDPda2N

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