A BRAVE little boy is set for New Year joy as scores of South Tynesiders have helped make his parents’ wish to buy him a special trike come true.
Three-year-old Michael Abraham – known as Mikey – struggles to walk and talk because he suffers from severe learning difficulties and a condition called hypotonia, which causes poor muscle tone and a lack of strength.
In October, the Gazette reported how parents Karen and Brian Abraham wanted to raise £1,200 to buy their son a specially-adapted trike so he could play outside, building up his muscles.
And now the family are delighted to reveal they have smashed their target and Mikey is set to get his new toy in the next few weeks.
Brian, 38, a head chef, from Downham Court, South Shields, said: “It’s been absolutely unbelievable, we never thought we would be able to achieve this so quickly.
“The generosity we’ve had from people, including strangers, has been wonderful, we can’t thank them all enough. We will contacting the bike manufacturers next week so someone can measure Mikey up, then hopefully within a few weeks he will be about playing on his new bike.
“We’ve told him it’s coming, but I think he’s too young to understand.”
Money is still coming in for the trike appeal after 24 friends and loved ones took part in a Boxing Day dip at Roker Beach last week.
However, the family know their target has been reached due to earlier fundraising efforts and donations.
Mikey’s new bike will be specially created for his size, and will have safety straps to keep him in place plus a handle, so he can be pushed.
Karen, 32, added: “The sponsorship money is still coming in, so we don’t have the official amount, but we know that we have definitely exceeded our target and Mikey will certainly be getting his trike.”
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