CHESTERFIELD: Teen’s cerebral palsy support site is UK first

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An inspirational teen with cerebral palsy is using her gap year to help other young people with the condition by creating the UK’s first dedicated website.

Chesterfield-based Ellie Simpson has created ‘CPTeensUK’ for teenagers to get in touch and share their experiences with each other – and has already attracted some famous followers on Twitter.

The CPTeensUK Twitter account gained more than 100 followers in 24 hours, including five-time paralympic gold medallist Sophie Christiansen and comedian Francesca Martinez who has cerebral palsy.

Ellie, who also runs the Facebook page for CPTeensUK, said: “The support has been amazing and I couldn’t believe how many followers we had after just a couple of days. Having people like Sophie and Francesca following and tweeting about the site is brilliant and has really helped get the word out.

The 18-year-old athlete was diagnosed with four-limbed cerebral palsy as a baby and treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for much of her early life, but is determined to prove having the condition is “not all doom and gloom”.

Now the Paralympic hopeful is spending her gap year running the website, before starting a sports coaching degree at Sheffield Hallam University next year.

The former Brookfield Community School pupil said: “After I finished school and most of my friends had gone away to university, I felt a bit isolated and was surprised at the lack of support out there.

“There are a lot of questions and worries for young people with cerebral palsy so I wanted to create somewhere for them to get in touch and talk about what it’s like to live with cerebral palsy.”

To learn more visit www.CPTeens.co.uk and follow on Twitter @CPTeensUK and Facebook.com/CPTeensUK.