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Little Bailey inspiring Tamworth residents to step up to help other kids with cerebral palsy

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He may only be 8 years old, but Bailey is already inspiring his local community to take action to change lives.

Bailey Stokes from Tamworth has cerebral palsy and like thousands of other Australian children relies on equipment and therapy for mobility. He is the inspiration for his mum Lesh registering ‘Team Bailey’ for the month-long activity challenge STEPtember.

‘Bailey had a stormy start to life’, Lesh said. ‘He was born at 28 weeks and spent the next nine months in hospital, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was two years and seven months old.

‘Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s New England team has provided enormous support to our family over the years  which has really helped Bailey become as independent as possible.

‘We have a really special connection with our physiotherapist Anna, who has done so much for Bailey and ensures he always has access to everything he needs.’

Touched by Bailey’s story, those close to him have stepped up to show their support for children with cerebral palsy. Lesh has recruited Bailey’s grandma and two of her close friends to for ‘Team Bailey’.

Not wanting to be left out, Bailey’s older brother Hayden, 9, is keen to join the team for their planned daily walks along the Peel River. He will also help man the infamous Bunning’s BBQ when the team hold a fundraising day in September.

STEPtember involves participants forming teams of four and each do 10,000 steps a day from 3-30 September. More than 40 activities can be converted into steps including cycling, rowing and gym sessions.

Participants also raise money to help Cerebral Palsy Alliance provide vital equipment and therapy for kids in need.

‘I really want to give back to the organisation and I would love to spread the word about the challenge and raise money for kids like Bailey’, his mum Lesh said. ‘Tamworth residents are so supportive, and I hope many also sign up for the challenge.’

To sign up for STEPtember or to support ‘Team Bailey’, go to www.steptember.org.au

Attention editors: Young Bailey and his family are available for photos and interview, please contact his mum Lesh on 0413736095.

Released on 28 Aug 2014