A MOTHER and daughter have praised a fitness expert for going the extra mile to help - even though she is on maternity leave.
Cheryl Laycock only gave birth to her second child, her baby daughter Jessica, eight weeks ago.
But she still found time to continue the fantastic training she has given for the last 12 years to Georgia Hart who has the rare and potentially life-threatening condition called Freidreich’s Ataxia (FA).
Cheryl even spends her own time researching more about the currently incurable illness which affects just one in 50,000 people, and has left brave Georgia with painful curvature of the spine.
Georgia, who is now a student at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, takes at least 10 tablets a day, and has regular appointments with heart, spine, eyes, and bone specialists, and weekly physiotherapy treatment.
She also regularly meets Cheryl who is the manager of the Life Centre based at High Tunstall College of Science, where Georgia used to be a pupil.
Georgia’s mum Bev said: “Cheryl has one to one sessions with my daughter, spending much of her own time to learn about the condition and constantly looking to improve and maintain function for my daughter.
“She will always be a winner to us.”
Bev was so impressed with Cheryl that she nominated her for the coach of the year category in this year’s Hartlepool Mail sports awards.
She said: “It is not just with how strong Georgia is getting, her muscle tone is improving. It works really well.”
Cheryl, who also has a two-year-old son Jenson and a partner Chris Williams, 37, has been manager at the centre for five years and been there for ten years.
She said: “I am on maternity leave but I couldn’t give up on Georgia. We mostly do pilates, balance work and core exercises and she is getting stronger.”
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