A little boy who has done his bit to help others now needs a helping hand of his own.
Three-year-old Michael Abraham, from South Shields, struggles to walk and talk because he suffers from delayed development and a condition called hypotonia – which causes poor muscle tone and a lack of strength.
However, despite the challenges he faces, the youngster took park 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.
Now parents Karen and Brian Abrahams are hoping to raise £1,200 to buy the youngster a specially-adapted trike so he can play outside.
Mrs Abraham, of Downham Court, South Shields, said: “The trike has all sorts of straps and support in place, which will keep Michael safely on it, otherwise he would just fall off as he can’t balance or walk unaided. It has a handle too, so we can give him a helping push.
“The trike will also help strengthen his muscles and his co-ordination. He loves being outside, so we know he will love it.
“Michael did his bit raising £260 earlier this year through sponsorship, so we’re hoping he’ll now get a bit of help back.”
At the moment, it’s hard to find toys which Michael can enjoy, as he struggles to play with ones aimed at his own age.
Mrs Abraham said: “It’s difficult buying Michael toys.
“We don’t want to give him baby toys, but the ones for his own age aren’t suitable either.
“He has some sensory toys, with lights and things, and he likes playing with them.”
In a bid to help raise the cash, Mrs Abraham and her husband, who works at Life of Riley bar in Mile End Road, South Shields, and 19 of his colleagues and friends, are taking part in this year’s Boxing Day Dip in South Shields.
The 38-year-old said: “Unfortunately, when it comes to specially-adapted equipment, it’s always expensive.
“We are thrilled so many people have agreed to take part in the dip and we just hope we’ll be able to raise enough in sponsorship. Then we’ll be able to get Michael the trike as a slightly-delayed Christmas present, because it has to be specially made.”
To sponsor the dippers, visit the ‘A Trike For Mikey’ Facebook group.