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Cartwheeling kids get in a spin to raise funds for a disabled youngster

Cartwheeling kids get in a spin to raise funds for a disabled youngster

James Harrison

Efforts to buy a new bath for a disabled youngster took a tumble in the right direction on Saturday with a fundraising cartwheelathon.


The event was the brainchild of 11-year-old Imogen Cobbold, who had been told by her mum, Emma, about the campaign to install a specially adapted bath for Spencer Howse-Macbeth, 12, who has cerebral palsy and struggles with the shower he currently has to use.

Deciding she wanted to do something to help, Imogen came up with the idea of being sponsored to do cartwheels continuously for an hour.

The initial target had been to raise about £50 but, following a surge of interest which saw her joined at the Old Windsor Recreation Ground in Robin Willis Way by 17 other children who took part, as well as their families, she looks set to collect a final total of almost £250.

Speaking about her day, Imogen, a pupil at St Peter’s Middle School, said: “When my mum told me about Spencer, I thought it would be nice to do something for him, but not something that people have done before.

“And then I thought ‘I like cart wheeling’, why not do that.

“I think it’s gone really well and I think everyone’s enjoyed themselves.”

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