Christmas has come early for a five-year-old boy who was told he couldn’t have a specially adapted bike.
Woodbank School pupil Kaleb Jones suffers from Down’s syndrome and was told by children’s charity Cerebra that he could not have the £1,500 bike, just weeks after promising him one.
But Kaleb’s mum Tammy and grandma Sandra rallied round with several fund-raising events, including a sponsored leg waxing night at the Ovenden Way pub earlier this month.
Tammy said: “I was so confident we would be able to get the money in time for Christmas that I put a deposit down as soon as I got the first £200 on November 15.
“We had £700 before the fund raiser and we raised £500 on the night, plus another £200 in sponsorship. It normally takes six weeks to build but the company who made the bike, TomCat, knew I was trying to get it ready for Christmas so they phoned me as soon as it was ready.”
Tammy jumped in the car straight away for a near 10-hour round trip to Gloucester to get the bike earlier this week.
“It was worth the long journey to get it for him and Kaleb’s so excited,” she said.
“We couldn’t make him wait until Christmas so we’ve let him have it already.
“I’m just over the moon with everything the people have done for us,” she added.