Hoops and dreams for Theo after charity wheelchair donation

A POTENTIAL basketball star received the perfect Christmas gift thanks to The Shannon Bradshaw Trust.

Theo Higham took up the sport after being diagnosed with a genetic condition so rare it has not even been given a proper name yet.

The 11-year-old, from Fearnhead, can walk but the strain of muscular dystrophy he has, known as MDC1A, means he has always struggled to play sport until he discovered wheelchair basketball with the Widnes Vikings.

After progressing quickly since starting in October last year, Theo reached the point he needed his own specially adapted sports chair.

But at a cost of £1,800, his family needed help fulfilling his Christmas wish.

Mum Emma Wordsworth-Higham said: “He was getting picked for the team so he needed to get his own chair but we found they were really expensive.

“Some of the other parents at the club suggested seeing if a charity could help so we wrote to Patti at the Shannon Bradshaw Trust to see if there was anything she could do.

“We were made up when she came back to us to say they could buy one for us.”

Patti Bradshaw, from The Shannon Bradshaw Trust which supports children with life-threatening conditions and their families, said they were delighted to help.