Trike champion inspires ill granddaughter

PUBLISHED: 11:03 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:03 26 June 2013

Zara Baker-Phillips family.

Zara Baker-Phillips family.


A WORLE grandfather has spoken of his pride after watching his 10-year-old granddaughter follow his lead and complete a charity challenge on Weston seafront.

In recent weeks Wayne Baker, aged 56, has finished fourth in the World trike championships held in Kent and second in a competition in Belgium.

His passion for the sport has rubbed off on his granddaughter Zara Baker-Phillips, who despite suffering from Charcot Marie Tooth disease and dystonic cerebral palsy, followed his lead with a charity ride from Marine Lake to the Grand Pier.

Mr Baker, who works for Avon and Somerset Constabulary, said he was happy with his own success and delighted to see Zara overcome adversity to complete the ride.

He said: “My wife Pat and I are really proud of Zara, who showed such determination and commitment.

“Before the event she was really nervous and worried because she didn’t want to let people down who would be there to support her.”

Zara hopes to raise more than £1,000 through her charity effort with money going towards Heart Of Darts which helped pay for her to get a trike and ultimately get treatment for her rare conditions.

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