Charities give cerebral palsy sufferer his freedom
A YOUNG boy from Ruskington is finally able to enjoy riding his bike with his friends thanks to help from two Sleaford organisations.
Six-year-old Harry Whaley Holmes suffers from left hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, which had meant pedalling a standard bicycle had proved difficult.
But thanks to the help of Sleaford and District Lions Club and Kind Gestures of Sleaford, he now has a specially developed trike.
Harry's mum, Lisa Whaley, said: "We have children on the close that go out on their bikes and Harry would be getting his bike out and trying to make it move and it was heartbreaking as a parent.
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"The trike is such an expensive item and costs just over £1,000. We contacted a few charities but then a family member suggested contacting the Lions.
"They came and took some details and came back and did this partial funding with another company and we put a bit of cash in as well.
"We are made up. We had bought him a bike with stabilisers etc but he spent many months willing it to move and telling it 'come on you can do it' but he was never going to be able to.
"The company came out beforehand because of course we weren't sure if he was going to be able to do it even with the trike but they adapted it and he got on it and just moved it straight away.
"It was a big moment for us and for him."
Harry's parents are now working to build up his strength, getting him out for 10 minutes each night where possible.
The aim is for him to be able to cycle the mile from his house to the village.
Harry attends Digby Primary School where many of his friends bike in and it is also hoped he'll be able to join them on the last bit of his journey to school on his trike before too long.
Lisa added: "We are so thankful to everyone.
"At the moment, Harry can't walk the distance into the village and has to take the wheelchair. If he is able to use his trike it will give him that feeling of freedom."
Sue La Roche from Sleaford and District Lions Club, said: "It was really nice for everybody involved to be able to help Harry, it's what we do.
"We are a charity and we spend all our lives fundraising for our charity fund. From that we receive letters from people who need assistance."
Kind Gestures is the charitable arm of Utility Aid and all funds are raised by staff in Sleaford.
Grace Morgon, said: "Kind Gestures was delighted to be given the opportunity to donate to such a worthy cause.
"The staff here at Utility Aid has followed Harry's progress with great interest and are thrilled to hear about the difference that the "Terrier Trike" has made to his life.
"It's good to know that local people have benefited from our fundraising efforts.
"We hope to be able to assist many other local causes in the future."