A KIND-HEARTED businessman has kick-started an appeal to buy a disabled South Tyneside tot a trike.
Michael Abraham suffers from delayed development a condition called hypotonia – which causes poor muscle tone and a loss of strength and means he struggles to talk and walk unaided.
In Thursday’s Gazette it was revealed how the three-year-old’s parents Karen and Brian Abraham, along with their friends and family, are aiming to raise £1,200 to buy him a specially-adapted trike by taking part in the annual Boxing Day dip in South Shields.
Shaun Tebble, chief operations officer for JML, a well known household consumer brand which has a base at Port Of Tyne in Tyne Dock, has kindly donated £500.
He said: “I was quite touched after reading Michael’s story in the Gazette. I thought the least I can do is help out and give the family a little bit of a kick-start.
“I’ve got fit and healthy grandchildren either side of Michael’s age so I appreciate their difficulties and efforts.”
The trike which the family want to buy is specially adapted and includes straps to keep Michael safely in place, and it will allow him to play outside and help develop his muscles. Due to Michael’s condition, Mrs Abraham, of Downham Court, South Shields, finds it difficult to buy her son toys as he is unable to play with many of them – but he loves being outdoors.
Despite the challenges he faces, the youngster took part in this year’s Faith, Hope and Love Walk of Life to raise £260 cash for Cancer Connections, by completing a lap of Bents Park, South Shields, with the aid of his walker.
Mrs Abrahams, 33, says she is stunned by Mr Tebble’s generosity.
She said: “I am in shock, I really don’t know what to say. It’s amazing someone can be so kind like this.
“This is going to be a massive help for us to reach our target. I can’t thank Shaun enough for this. I am lost for words.”
To sponsor the Boxing Day dippers, visit the ‘A Trike for Mikey Facebook’ group.
Collection buckets will also be in place at the Life of Riley bar in Mile End Road and the Riverside pub in Mill Dam, both South Shields.