13 year old Ella, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy just after birth, was inspired to do something amazing by the London 2012 Paralympics. With the help of Make-A-Wish, she did just that: despite being wheelchair-bound, Ella performed on a trapeze!
Ella, from Lewes, loves being in the limelight and after watching the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics, and seeing wheelchairs flying, she knew that she wanted to do something similar. Before her big performance, she spent a week with the Circus Project in Hove rehearsing, so that she could fly through the air on a trapeze.
Her Mum, Andrea, said: “The lovely thing about Ella’s wish was she got to perform with other children, which she doesn’t usually get to do – it was a big experience for her. She loved every part of it, the make-up, the sparkly costumes… but being in the air was definitely the highlight for her.”
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When they were born prematurely Ella, and her twin sister, Grace, were rushed to Intensive Care. Ella’s lungs collapsed, leaving her with Cerebral Palsy, visual impairment and multiple learning and physical disabilities. She also suffers from potentially life-threatening seizures.
Andrea continued: “Ella’s disability means that she’s often treated differently, but she likes to shock people – seeing her harnessed on a trapeze doing something that no one ever thought or expected she could do was fabulous. She was so proud of herself, and it’s really boosted her confidence.”