THANKS to the efforts of a Scarborough business group, a nine-year-old boy is ‘wheeling’ with delight after receiving a specialist trike.
Although he has never been formally diagnosed, Ted Holmes has severe learning difficulties, and has damage to his spinal chord.
The Scarborough Springhead School pupil had difficulties in walking, and earlier this year had surgery to straighten his right foot.
He is now able to cycle round the family-owned Barnes Nursery in Goslipgate, Pickering, and go for bike rides with younger brother Bertie, six, on a new, adapted trike worth £1,025.
It was financed with help from the Triumph against Adversity scheme created by the Evening News and the Scarborough Business Ambassadors’ Forum, which comprises 40 invited representatives from companies, organisations and the borough council.
Mum Jenny Holmes said it had made an “amazing difference” in improving the quality of Ted’s life and helping to strengthen his legs.
She said: “We’ve always tried to get Ted on a bike; when he was smaller we bought an old-fashioned trike but as he grew up, we have not been able to find anything suitable.
“We can’t thank Scarborough Ambassadors enough for supporting us and helping us give Ted such a fantastic opportunity.
“His face lights up when he’s on the trike, he loves it. To see the enjoyment on his face, I just can’t put it into words.
“We’re so grateful Ted was nominated and we’re very proud of him for never complaining; he copes with everything with a big smile.”
Ted is the fifth youth to benefit from the scheme, nominated by Springhead teachers. Previous pupils include Travis Turner, 14, of Scarborough who suffers from severe learning difficulties and epilepsy, and received an outdoor water play area; Stephen Goodwill, 17, of Scarborough, who has cerebral palsy, and received a state-of-the-art musical boom box that he could control himself; James Bailey, a 12-year-old pupil with multiple physical difficulties, who received a sophisticated coloured light bubble tube that helps keep him relaxed and entertained; and William Pinder, 11, of Filey, who has severe learning difficulties, and received a large-screen computer and jumbo keyboard.
On behalf of the Scarborough Ambassadors, spokesmen Peter Wilkinson and Ed Asquith said: “We thank all our business colleagues for their donations.
“It is so pleasing to have helped brighten the lives of so many youngsters and their families.”
The scheme was first discussed as an extra aim of the business group at a meeting in January 2009. It meets about six times a year and has raised more than £3,640. The business group invites guest speakers who have included the deputy governor of the Bank of England, Coutts and other banks, Welcome to Yorkshire, finance, academic and industry leaders, train operators and entrepreneurs.