A teenager treated in Sheffield for cerebral palsy is putting her gap year to good use - by setting up the UK’s first website aimed at young people with her condition.
Ellie Simpson’s website - called CPTeensUK - encourages teenagers to share their experiences with each other.
The 18-year-old, who dreams of one day competing at the Paralympics, is spending her time running the site before starting a sports coaching degree at Sheffield Hallam University.
“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,” said Ellie, from Chesterfield.
Ellie, who also helms a CPTeens Twitter account and Facebook page, was diagnosed with four-limbed cerebral palsy as a baby and treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for much of her early life.
Famous faces including Paralympic gold medallist Sophie Christiansen and comedian Francesca Martinez, who has cerebral palsy, are already supporters.
“I want to show people that it’s not all doom and gloom,” Ellie added.
n Visit www.CPTeens.co.uk for more information.