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Norwich family adapt washing basket so wheelchair-bound daughter can enjoy the snow

PUBLISHED: 14:24 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:57 01 March 2018

Bethany Smith, seven, who is desperate to have an electric wheelchair she can drive herself rather than her family or her TA at school having to push her in her present chair, and to be able to fit under her desk, or a table. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Bethany Smith, seven, who is desperate to have an electric wheelchair she can drive herself rather than her family or her TA at school having to push her in her present chair, and to be able to fit under her desk, or a table. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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One Cringleford girl showed there were no barriers to having fun in the snow, when her family adapted a washing basket to allow her to have a go a sledging.

Bethany Smith, seven, was diagnosed with the life-limiting neuromuscular condition Mitochondrial Myopathy when she was just 22 months old and has to get around in a wheelchair.

But eager for his daughter not to miss out on the snow day fun, Bethany’s father Steve thought of an alternative.

Mr Smith said: “We came up with the idea of adapting a washing basket and adding some padding. When we went out it wasn’t snowing but by the time we got going it was a blizzard so that’s why she had an umbrella too.

“She really enjoyed it, she just said it was amazing and funny, it was the fact she’s never been sledging before.”

Mr Smith said it showed Bethany there were no limits on what she could do. He said: “That’s what I always say to her, it’s never can’t it’s you just need to be able to find another way.”

The family is raising money to buy a new electric-powered wheelchair for Bethany to help her independence - and already more than £5,000 has been raised of the £18,000 goal.

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