Heartwarming footage reveals tot with cerebral palsy who “hated seashore” having fun with sea for first time

HEARTWARMING footage reveals a teenager with cerebral palsy who hated the seashore having fun with the ocean for the primary time due to a specialised wheelchair.

Joey Leathwood was captured smiling with pleasure as he loved a go to to Skegness Seaside in Lincolnshire along with his dad and mom, Helen and Tom, on Friday.

The 2-year-old from Sheffield typically struggles with sensory textures akin to grass, sand, snow and solar so normally doesn’t get pleasure from journeys to the seaside.

Up to now the teenager’s sensory points have resulted in Joey vomiting when positioned on a fluffy rug.

Nonetheless, due to the Fb group group Ingoldmells and Chapel Followers, the group Seaside Means Ingoldmells Seaside Wheelchairs was arrange.

Being a part of the volunteer, non-profit group allowed the teenager to courageous the ocean and to benefit from the lapping waves for the primary time in his life whereas utilizing a Hippocampe wheelchair.

An cute video reveals Joey laughing and smiling away whereas sitting within the wheelchair because the tide is available in.

His dad, Tom, 37, can also be proven beaming with satisfaction whereas his son on the seashore and looking to sea.

Helen, 34, shared the video of Joey’s journey in a Fb group in a while that day, writing: “For anyone that lives with disabilities themselves or family members, if you happen to ever go to Skegness or Ingoldmells please give Seaside Means Ingoldmells Seaside Wheelchairs a attempt.

Joey laughing because the tide is available in. (C) Helen Butterfield

“My boy hated the seashore till right this moment. He has cerebral palsy with very dangerous sensory points. He hates grass, sand, solar, snow, and even throws up when positioned on a fluffy rug, bless him.

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“However he loves water a lot and though he can’t help his physique sufficient to sit down unaided, right this moment he went within the sea for the primary time at almost three years outdated and actually he has by no means laughed a lot.

“This group has given so many individuals of all ages the prospect to be ‘beside the seaside’ and I can’t thank them sufficient.

“It’s given my boy the prospect to expertise waves and Mom Nature’s magnificence as an alternative of feeling overlooked and totally different.”

Talking right this moment, Helen stated: “He’s unable to do something for himself and has large sensory points.

“He doesn’t like sure textures, akin to grass, sand, snow, and fluffy issues, so we usually keep away from the seashore as he’ll make himself sick if he can’t course of a sense and he simply finally ends up caught in his pushchair distant from the ocean.

“With him being unable to sit down up it’s inconceivable to play with my different children and have Joey be a part of it till we employed the Hippocampe seashore wheelchair from BeachAbility.

Joey at home
Joey at residence with household. (C) Helen Butterfield

“It gave him the physique help he wanted, and it was really easy to push over the sand and naturally go into the water. It was additionally barrier for him to not have to the touch any sand.

“He was in a position to be simply as pleased and a part of the day along with his brother and sister, he beloved watching the waves splashing excessive of the chair however nonetheless felt protected.

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“I actually can’t reward the group sufficient and need there had been gear like this accessible years in the past as it might have helped so many individuals.”

Helen’s publish has attracted over 22,000 likes and greater than 1,600 feedback from dad and mom who beloved seeing Joey so pleased.

One stated: “How improbable. I really like the look of pure pleasure on his face, I actually do. Don’t you suppose that these ought to be accessible on each seashore?”

One other wrote: “Oh my coronary heart…so glad your baby loved himself.

Joey and siblings Connor, 11, and Maisie, 8
Joey and siblings Connor, 11, and Maisie, 8. (C) Helen Butterfield

“We went to Weymouth a couple of weeks in the past for our little vacation and managed to rent one. Made such a distinction to the day.”

A 3rd added: “How lovely. My little lady has cerebral palsy additionally and sensory points too with a number of different well being situations.

“We managed to get on the seashore correctly for the primary time a couple of weeks in the past, as a consequence of not having the ability to get very far along with her wheelchair.

Helen Butterfield, 34, is a full-time carer for Joey and in addition takes care of her different two kids, Connor, 11, and Maisie, 8.

Helen stated: “The kids are superb with Joey, they love him all of the world and extra.

“It’s been arduous on them seeing Joey undergo a lot, Maisie particularly, as she will get actually annoyed when individuals stare at him as a result of he’s totally different.”

She added: “Joey was born so prematurely that he obtained scarring on the mind which precipitated his cerebral palsy.”

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