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Teachers swap pens for reins in charity horse ride for inspirational city youngster

Shaun Reynolds 23rd Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A PAIR of teachers at Moseley Primary School in Coventry will swap pens and paper for reins and girths this Sunday (February 28) to raise funds for a pupil with a rare condition.

Nine-year-old Sven Woolcock has lived with Transverse Myelitis, a condition which causes inflammation of the spine, since he was aged just two.

A healthy child prior to his diagnosis, Sven was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital following an overnight stay at a local hospital which suspected Meningitis.

Following an MRI scan, it was confirmed Sven had contracted Transverse Myelitis – inflaming his spine and causing damage to the nerves in his body.

Sven’s condition means he is unable to stand or walk alone, only the use an electric wheelchair allows Sven to walk with some support.

Due to his condition, Sven has a baclofen pump implanted into his tummy which delivers medicine to the spine.

The family is looking to fund a potentially life saving operation that could allow Sven to walk again – though the operation will cost £12,000.

Year five teacher Kerrie Murphy, a keen horse rider, has taught her teaching assistant Kyle Timms, to ride and will hack around the city this weekend, passing Moseley Primary School along the way.

Ms Murphy has taught Sven since the start of September and his attitude and character has inspired her and Mr Timms to raise funds for Sven’s cause.

Kerrie said: “Sven is amazing young boy.

“Despite his condition, Sven never moans and is always polite – his story is inspirational.

“Myself and Kyle will be on a two hour hack and hope to contribute something small towards Sven’s family’s £12,000 challenge.

“We’ll have a fundraising bucket and are inviting people to join us on the route which will start at 1.20pm.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/svenswish to help Sven’s cause and make a donation.

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