Pupils get their Kiks from new gym gear
CHILDREN with learning difficulties were jumping for joy after trying out their new gym equipment.
More than £1,000 from the Laura McPhee Memorial Fund has been spent on specialist gym facilities and donated to the Fix 'n' Kiks martial arts centre, in Cambridge Street, Cleethorpes.
Not only is the venue used by the general public but it is where pupils from Humberston Park Special School, St Thomas Close, Grimsby, visit daily for physical activities.
Around £1,600 worth of kit, including jumping and hurdle mats, bean bag sets and a specialised weighing chair, are now kept at the centre for the children to use.
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As reported, Laura's tragic death following an asthma attack in December 2010 at the age of just nine, spurred her parents Roy and Trace into setting up a charitable foundation in her name.
With help from family and friends they have raised more than £30,000 for poorly children, and have presented the Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital, where Laura received treatment for asthma, with specialised medical equipment for youngsters.
Trace McPhee, 40, said: "The charity has been running for 20 months and I am delighted with how much has been raised.
"I am always blown away by the amount of support we get and are still getting today.
"At Humberston Park Special School, 40 per cent of the children have asthma which is why we wanted to do our bit as a charity for the condition.
"We approached the school to see what ways we could help and that is when we were told about the need for gym equipment.
"I could see the children's faces light up when they began playing on the mats, it was brilliant."
Debbie Taylor, 39, helps run the charity with Trace and others. Her daughter Ellie-May Taylor, 15, who has asthma and Down's Syndrome, attends Humberston Park Special School and the Fix 'n' Kiks centre.
She said: "Ellie comes to Fix 'n' Kiks three times a week and absolutely loves it.
"It is all she talks about at home and is always eager to return.
"The donated items are great and so easy for the children to use.
"I am glad the charity has been able to help out in this way as we did not want it to be primarily for getting new facilities for the hospital, we wanted it to be available for the community."