Disabled youngster's contest nomination

A DISABLED youngster from Great Yarmouth has been nominated for a national competition.All Raida Nooraya, 7, wanted was somewhere to put her pencil case.

A DISABLED youngster from Great Yarmouth has been nominated for a national competition.

All Raida Nooraya, 7, wanted was somewhere to put her pencil case.

Raidi, who uses a wheelchair at school because of her brittle bones, came up with the idea of modifying wheelchairs to have storage spaces for pencil cases because she has to ask teachers to pass her pens and pencils to use.

Because of her experiences at Alderman Swindell School, Raida decided to come up with a design for the Mobility Roadshow Awards 2010 event.


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Raida, who lives in Alderson Road, also hopes to impress the competition's judges by suggesting that wheelchair storage spaces could be used for teenager's makeup and mobiles phones and by adults by holding medication or documents.

If Raidi's clever idea wows the judges on July 3 she will win a four-day trip to London for her family and �1,000 for her school.

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She said: “My wheelchair has an armrest which opens up and inside there is a pencil case so you do not have to ask other people to get your stuff. On the other side of the wheelchair there is a pouch to keep music players in for boys who like music. There is a pouch just for girls to keep their make up in.”

Raidi's mother, Rahima, said: “I am very proud of her. She is always confident and never lets things get her down.”

The family will find out if Raidi's idea wins at the Mobility Roadshow at Peterborough's East of England Showground on July 3 which is National Young Disabled Persons' Day.

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