LAST year’s runner-up for Inspiration of the year at The News youth awards Keeleigh Bell will be taking part in a sponsored bike ride, fashion show and model competition this weekend for UK charity Follow your Dreams.
Six-year-old Keeleigh was born with a rare eye condition and is registered as blind.
She will be doing the bike ride this Saturday at midday from Clarence Pier along to the Blue Reef aquarium in Southsea. Due to her visual difficulties she will be using a three-wheeled special needs trike for stability, which her mother Suzanne Bell described as a ‘big challenge’.
Keeleigh has been practising to build up her leg strength to be able to stay balanced when riding.
Mrs Bell said: ‘There have been a lot of tears in the process when she couldn’t do it but she is getting there.’
She is also taking part in a model competition and fashion show on Saturday, September 13 at the Royal Beach Hotel in Southsea, which is organised by Starbound magazine. The model contest starts at 10am, and the catwalk is at 2pm. Tickets are £5 on the door.
Keeleigh has set no particular amount to raise but is hoping to get about £100 to donate to Follow your Dreams. Its aim is for ‘children and young people with learning disabilities to recognise their potential, be ambitious and be provided with the opportunities to follow their dreams’.
To find out more search ‘Keeleighs fundraising for Follow Your Dreams’ on Facebook.