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Simple steps to help make / world of difference to daily lives; Youngsters reveal how tough it can be tackling everyday tasks.

Byline: ROB PATTINSON ECHO Reporter rpattinson83 @

MERSEYSIDE youngsters with cerebral palsy have been talking about inventions that could help make their lives easier as part of a worldwide charity campaign.

Staff at Stick 'n' Step, in Wallasey, recorded 60-second clips with children from across the region who attend the charity, which supports young people with cerebral palsy.

The charity provides free specialist conductive education and support to children from across the North West and North Wales with cerebral palsy and their families and carers.

The videos were recorded as part of the "change my world in one minute" campaign, organised to coincide with yesterday's World Cerebral Palsy Day - supported by organisations in more than 45 countries.

With ideas ranging from a walking frame decorated to make it look like a racing car to an invention that helps you get dressed in the morning, the children's ideas shine a light on the challenges young people with cerebral palsy face when completing everyday tasks.

One of those taking part was Suranna Gleeson, eight, from Waterloo.

Two years ago, Suranna flew out to America for a life-changing operation after friends, footballers and readers helped raise PS50,000.

Liverpool FC defender Glen Johnson and his wife, Laura, pledged PS6,000, which was followed by donations of more than PS4,000 from other Premier league players. A secret millionaire donated PS25,000.

The operation involved cutting dead nerve endings away from her spine to allow the ones that do work to perform more effectively.

In her video, Suranna said: "When I got my operation, it changed my life forever. My intention is to make my legs walk and I want to be like all my friends who can walk."

One group taking part in the campaign were Erin Cubbin, 16, from Wallasey, Ellen Garner, 17, from Southport, Ellie Curran, 12, from Woolton and Olivia Wilkinson, 15, from Wallasey, who discussed how they would like to see attitudes change towards people with cerebral palsy and disability in general. Another youngster, Luke Percy, 14, from Eastham, said he would like something to help him stand up properly without wobbling.

While Dalton Towers, eight, also from Eastham, wants an invention to help him get dressed in the morning.

The videos are all being uploaded onto Stick 'n' Step's Youtube channel throughout this week.

Sarah Smithson, operations manager at Stick 'n' Step, in Wallasey, said: "Completing everyday tasks, such as putting on your socks or sitting upright, are not often skills that come naturally to people with cerebral palsy. Our role is to work with our children to help them learn new ways of doing these things, so that they can eventually lead fully independent lives and positively change their prospects."

Kerry Roe-Ely, community fundraiser at Stick 'n' Step, said: "It's been really eye-opening and informative to ask the children what their ideas are for making the world better.

"It also helps people understand what life is like for someone with cerebral palsy. The children have really enjoyed themselves doing this."

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| Aash Evans recording his idea | |for an invention that could change his life - a walking frame decorated as a racing car - at cerebral palsy charity Stick 'n' Step, in Wallasey, with, inset, above, Dalton Towers, from Eastham

Teenager | |Luke Percy
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Date:Oct 2, 2014
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