Bath cystic fibrosis sufferer's jumping for joy after getting new trampoline
A cystic fibrosis sufferer from Bath who uses a trampoline as part of her physiotherapy has been given a new one as part of a national research project.
Nine-year-old Mary Kelley is now helping supplier Super Tramp with its work assessing the many health and social benefits of the activity.
The new equipment has replaced one which was at the end of its life at the family home in Bear Flat.
Her mum Kerry said her daughter had been diagnosed with the condition when she was ten days old.
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"As well as doing physio on the chest, which helps remove mucus from the lungs, it's really important for people with CF to exercise as much as possible.
"When Mary was four, we moved house just so we could buy a place with a garden big enough to fit a trampoline in. Trampolining is a fun and easy way for people with CF to exercise and it helps to clear mucus from the lungs, which can attract infection.
"Mary loved the trampoline from the moment we bought it.
"She is not always keen on doing her physio but there is never a complaint when we suggest she goes and bounces on the trampoline. Even if she's feeling a bit washed out we will urge her to go and have a bounce and she perks right up.
"Unfortunately our trampoline was on its last legs – that's how often Mary and her brother use it. We are absolutely thrilled that Super Tramp has provided Mary with a brand new model so she can carry on bouncing."
The family were put in touch with the company by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which is Super Tramp's charity of the year.
The firm's chief executive Martin Schofield said: "We are keen to help as many people with CF as possible and we thought this would be a great way to make a real difference to Mary's life."