Special needs cycling in Ireland – Charlie McCarthy’s story
A bespoke special needs trike that keeps Charlie happy, safe and healthy
Charlie McCarthy lives with his family in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. He was born with Cerebral Palsy and has also been diagnosed with learning difficulties and Autism.
However, with the aid of riding a bespoke built Tomcat Fizz trike, Charlie’s parents are now able to deal with some of his more emotionally challenging behaviour.
A boy and his bike
From the age of three onwards Charlie was keen to join in on boisterous activities, like pedalling ride ons, with the rest of his cousins. It became apparent very quickly to Chris McCarthy, Charlie’s father, that he was unable to do this due to his lack of motor skills.
“I was adamant that I didn’t want Charlie missing out on being able to ride a bike, like any other boy, so I contacted his physiotherapist to see what solution we could come up with. She confirmed that riding a bike would also help to strengthen his legs and increase his muscle tone. This is when we were introduced to Tomcat Trikes and John Preston Healthcare Group in Lisburn.”