11 Mar Thomas on move with new wheels
FUNDRAISERS had a ball in raising money for The Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund – and have helped to make life more enjoyable for a three-year-old disabled boy at the same time.
Thomas Majer, who has cerebral palsy, has been bought a new trike with proceeds made from a Newcastle bar’s annual Holly Ball and – even better in the youngster’s eyes – it’s in his very favourite colour… green.
Thomas, from Co Durham, came to the attention of the charity, which buys much-needed equipment for children with disabilities across the North East, thanks to his nursery and physiotherapist.
They applied saying a specialist trike would prove ideal exercise for Thomas’ stiff leg muscles.
The trike, which costs just under £1,000, can help to control body movements and boost independence too. So the youngster’s needs were top of the list at the Holly Ball, hosted by As You Like It ,in aid of the charity just after Christmas.
And with the cash raised – a total of £2,870 – the next step was to buy the trike which Thomas, from Bishop Auckland, has now received. Not only is he excited about learning to pedal it but he’s particularly pleased it’s the colour he wanted.
The trike also means he can now play out with his twin brother Lachlan. Mam Amanda, who brought Thomas to As You Like It to meet the fundraisers, is also delighted at the fact her son can ride to and from nursery every day.
She said: “We are hugely grateful to the Sunshine Fund for helping us purchase this trike for Thomas.
“The benefits are numerous. As well a providing great physiotherapy, the trike will enable Thomas to develop his independence and allow him to cycle alongside his twin brother and friends despite his restricted mobility.”
Kyrie Geach, the functions, events and sales co-ordinator at As You Like It, said: “Meeting Thomas and seeing what an amazing boy he is has made all of the hard work pay off.
“Not only is the Holly Ball our most exciting event, it raises funds for such a wonderful charity that we are very proud to support.
“We are now focusing on making the event even bigger for 2016 with the hope of helping more children like Thomas in the future.”
Caroll Pattison, director of the Sunshine Fund, added: “We are delighted to have the continued support from As You Like It. It was great to see Thomas and hear how much difference having this trike will make to his life.”