A YOUNG woman with cerebral palsy is going the extra mile to support a charity that has helped her for 16 years.
Emily Riley, aged 21, was born with cerebral palsy — a permanent movement disorder causing poor coordination, stiff muscles, weakness and tremors.
She was told she would only be able to transfer from a wheelchair to a chair, and would not be able to weight-bear by the time she was a teenager.
But thanks to charity Stick ‘n’ Step, who has given Emily conductive education classes since she was four years old, she can walk with aids and even swim.
Now she is defying the odds by challenging herself to undertake 400 lengths of a swimming pool.
Emily, from Radcliffe, said: “This charity has had a massive impact on my life. It has helped me gain independence and confidence as well as mobility skills.
“Before attending Stick ‘n’ Step I was told I would only be able to transfer from a wheelchair to a chair and I wouldn’t be able to weight-bear by the time I was a teenager.