Welcome to Monsters Wheelchair Fund - Hollie and Hilton go 4x4. Monsters Flyball Team York (flyball is a fast and furious dog relay sport), with your help, are going to raise £8,000 to purchase Hollie Byrnes an All-terrain wheelchair.
Hollie was born in 1994 with a rare condition called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) which at that time made her one of only 5 children in the UK with this condition. This causes all the joints of her limbs to be held in a fixed position. Unfortunately Hollie was also born with a missing lower left forearm.
Throughout her childhood Hollie underwent numerous surgical procedures to try to enable her to have some movement in her joints, however these proved to be unsuccessful. At the age of 6, with the aid of full leg callipers, Hollie managed to take her first few steps. This was a short lived success as her feet continued to curl under themselves making them unable to bare her weight.
Hollie attended mainstream school and in spite of her disability she managed to flourish and achieved 13.5 GCSE& 39;s A-C. Despite this huge achievement Hollie lacked confidence and self esteem when dealing with the outside world spending most of her time alone in her room.
In July 2010 help arrived in the shape of a dark yellow labrador assistance dog called Hilton! Hilton changed Hollie& 39;s outlook on life considerably enabling her to face the world with greater confidence with him at her side. Together they are the awesome twosome completing their first year at college and taking the Flyball world by storm!
After conquering her insecurities and having tackled the obstacles she faced emotionally she now has a new barrier to overcome. Although she has a powered wheelchair it is unable to deal with any surface which is not smooth and level. I& 39;m sure you can appreciate that dog walking and outdoor events take place on land which is uneven, muddy and rough. Hollie is also unable to enjoy places that we take for granted such as beaches and woodland and be able to leave the house in snowy conditions which she was unable to do in the winter of 2010.
In flyball Hollie has found a sport which has opened up a whole new area for her to explore and has allowed her to feel a sense of pride, excitement and team spirit. For the first time in her life she is able to feel as though she is part of a team and that she can contribute on the same level as others. This has given her confidence, friendship and self worth. Her current chair is unable to deal with most of the surfaces that her much loved hobby is held on. The issue she is now faced with is out of her control. This is why we need your help!
With your support we would like to purchase Hollie an all terrain wheelchair (www.allterrainwheelchairs.co.uk/home). This wheelchair would allow her to safely access all areas as well as enjoying her hobby to the full. As Hollie takes her first steps into adulthood, we would love for you to be a part of setting the WHEELS in motion to allow this awesome twosome to continue their journey together - the sky is the limit!
Read more about Hollie and Hilton from the following links:
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