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Posted On: 28th Nov 2014

Disabled Carriage Fix on ITV

Fixer Charlotte Thomson
Charlotte driving a pony carriage
Charlotte’s mum Sonia

Determined not to let a disability hold her back, para-carriage enthusiast Charlotte Thomson is encouraging others to discover the life-changing benefits of sport.

 

Her story was broadcast on ITV News Lookaround in December 2014.

 

The 23-year-old from Eastriggs in Dumfries and Galloway has cerebral palsy and requires a wheelchair to get around.

 

But since discovering pony carriage driving four years ago, she says the activity has given her a sense of freedom and has inspired her to encourage others – regardless of their abilities – to pursue new challenges.

 

‘I can’t walk and need help with nearly everything because my arms don’t work properly,' explains Charlotte.

 

‘But carriage driving is amazing because it’s one of the few things that I can do by myself.

 

‘My Fixers project is to show young people, whether they’re disabled or not, that they should push themselves and try something new.’

 

Appearing in the broadcast is Charlotte’s mum, Sonia, who explains how sport has helped her daughter.

 

‘It was like a new lease on life for her,' she says.

 

‘It gave her something she could do independently without physical help from anybody else and just made her happy.’   

 

With Fixers, Charlotte created a film that highlights how pony carriage driving enables her to enjoy a sense of freedom.

 

You can watch Charlotte's Fixers film 'Carriage Driving with Cerebral Palsy - Charlotte's Story' below.

 

 

 

Sandra Proudfoot, from Scottish Disability Sport, also features in the television piece.

 

‘I think it’s very important for people with disabilities to get involved and enjoy sport,' Sandra explains.

 

‘They’re getting the physical benefits, but also the social side of meeting new friends, learning to be part of a team and gaining self-confidence.’

 

Charlotte, who is a two-time National Novice Para-Champion, hopes her story will also encourage better understanding of those with disabilities.

 

‘We can talk and we do have a mind. If people look beyond the wheelchair, they would realise that disabled people can do things too,’ she says.

 

‘My message would be if I can do it, anyone can do it, so don’t be afraid to try.’

 

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Team GB para-climber Sianagh Gallagher, who was born with one arm,
is also encouraging disabled young people to take up sport. Watch her film!

 

Author: N. Faropq

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