Our Superheroes: Imogen

Imogen is always first in line for adventures and she’s shown us that with a lot of spirit and a little bit of help you can do amazing things!

Our Superheroes: Imogen

Imogen is always first in line for adventures and she’s shown us that with a lot of spirit and a little bit of help you can do amazing things!

Imogen at the top of pen-y-fan

Imogen was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth. The condition severely limits movement in her lower body and her mum, Catherine, sought additional support to ensure her daughter had the best opportunity to develop, both physically and socially.

She came across the Cerebra Innovation Centre in Swansea, which creates bespoke products for children with neurological conditions, and immediately got in touch. ‘The team at the Innovation Centre were great,’ she says. ‘We discussed Imogen’s condition and her need for something that could help her movement. They were very accommodating and immediately started working on an adapted wheelchair to help her get around our home and, as she grew up, out in the garden and further afield.’

Since then the Cerebra Innovation Centre have designed equipment to allow Imogen to enjoy horse riding, triathlons and even climb Pen-y-fan. Catherine explains that if it hadn’t been for Cerebra none of this would have happened:

‘Imogen is so thrilled and excited that she’s been able to have these adventures – she’s never been able to do anything like this before because of her cerebral palsy. There have been so many times that she hasn’t been able to join in with physical activities which leaves her feeling left out. Being able to do things like this is a real boost to her confidence and self-esteem. Imogen is smart and sociable and with Cerebra’s help has been given the opportunity to do everything a child her age should be able to do’.

Imogen's Adventures

Specsavers and Imogen at the top of Pen y Fan

Caldicot girl with cerebral palsy climbs South Wales’ highest peak

Six year old Imogen Ashwell-Lewis, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, reached the top of South Wales’ highest peak in a specially-modified four-wheeled mountain bike.

Team Imogen at the Swansea triathlon

Team Imogen smash the Swansea triathlon

The 2018 UWTSD Swansea Triathlon has come and gone for another year, but for Team Imogen this has been an incredible start to our adventures in 2018!

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