The family of a disabled boy are raising money for him after his dream of owning a bike was dashed.
Five-year-old Kaleb Jones, of Illingworth, Halifax, who has Down’s syndrome, was told by children’s charity Cerebra he could have £1,500 for a specially adapted trike.
TomCat, the firm that builds them, even sent a designer out to measure the Woodbank School school pupil for the trike in October.
But joy turned to utter despair when Cerebra told Kaleb’s mum Tammy and grandma Sandra that they had run out of funds for the year, meaning Kaleb couldn’t have it.
Sandra said: “His face absolutely lit up when he was first measured for the bike.
“He he couldn’t wait to have his own, but then they told us they’d run out of funds for the year.
“I could have cried when they told me. I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
The news left the family heartbroken, so they set about raising £1,500 for the bike, which is controlled by a handle and can be pedalled and steered by the rider or their parents.
“I put a message on Facebook just saying what had happened and the response was absolutely overwhelming,” she said.
“I got so many messages from people who wanted to donate and we’ve had £250 from Halifax Round Table and another £250 from family and friends on Facebook. Local businesses have also said they’ll donate.
“We’re already halfway towards the target and we’ve sent the deposit off for it.
“We wanted to have it here before Christmas but it takes six weeks to build them, so now we’re hoping to have it here before his birthday in January.”
One of the first to put money forward was Steve Wainhouse, manager of the Ovenden Way pub, where a leg-waxing fund-raiser takes place tomorrow.
“Steve put £100 in at the start and has very kindly agreed to hold the sponsored leg waxing tonight and we’ve already got six blokes signed up for it,” she said.
“We’re handing out sponsor forms and everyone is welcome to come.” The evening starts at 6.30pm and includes a raffle of 25 prizes.