Kindhearts help a tot’s trike dream come true

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PROUD mum Patsy Beverly has always wanted to watch her two sons play together on their bikes.

Now thanks to the generosity of friends, family and even strangers, she has watched her youngest son’s face light up as he gets on his first bike.

Archie, four, has global development delay, with complex learning difficulties.

The toddler cannot speak or stand and his family, from Cleveland Avenue, Siddal, Halifax, have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.

“I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people,” said Patsy.

The selfless mum asked for donations towards the bike instead of presents for her 30th birthday and her dad’s cousin, Vicky Queenan, arranged a sponsored swim at Swimrite, Lee Lane, Halifax, which blew the target out of the water.

Regulars at the Black Swan in Brighouse collected over £100 of loose change and the Standard of Freedom in Skircoat Green raised £600.

Jill Porter, at Calderdale Royal Hospital, raised another £400.

Other donors include the Rotary Club, the Ivy House at Holmfield and staff at Queenie’s cafe at Parfetts.

Strangers even contacted Patsy and husband Wayne to add to their total of £2,350.

His bike arrived earlier than expected and Archie has already taken advantage of it. “He’s been out on it already but with the bad weather not as much as we’d like.

“He just loves it. His face just lights up when he’s on it,” said Patsy. “If we go for a walk, instead of being in his pushchair or wheelchair, he’s on the bike like Leon.”

Extra donations mean the family have been able to buy a swim ring for the cheery tot to enjoy his year’s free swim pass.ruth.mosalski@halifaxcourier.co.uk