Bexhill family thrilled after donation from the blue

Oliver Hemsley's special trike was kindly paid for by James Blatcher
Oliver Hemsley's special trike was kindly paid for by James Blatcher

The family of a disabled four-year-old boy have praised the man who donated £1,500 to pay for his specially-designed tricycle.

As reported last week, Oliver Hemsley, of Red Well Avenue, has a rare chromosome condition causing him several disabilities and the trike helps to build his leg muscles.

But after he received his new tricycle, his parents Verity and Scott, received an unexpected bill as they thought it would be paid for by the NHS.

They started applying to charities to fund the tricyle but when James Blatcher saw Verity’s Facebook post he paid the fee.

“We were over the moon, we just couldn’t believe it,” Scott said.

“We couldn’t believe that someone we hardly know would fund Oliver’s trike, it’s unbelievable.

“We expected it to be funded by the NHS as they pushed us to go for it but then handed us a bill at the end of it.”

James works for Home James Taxis and does the school run for disabled children at Glyne Gap School and St Mary’s and Oliver is one of his customers.

He said he just wanted to help the family and wished more people would do those little things to help others.

“I see them every day struggling for 15 years and I wanted to put something back,” he said.

“It gave me a feeling as I’m very lucky to have four fit and healthy boys and I just wanted to help.

“I would do it for all of them if I could but it’s something that’s going to make a real difference for Oliver.”

The tricycle means Oliver can join the family on walks and days out and lifts a huge weight off Verity and Scott.

Oliver’s friends and family are now fundraising to get him a new personalised wheelchair and so far they have raised more than £2,000.

Fundraisers include a teddy bear picnic which made £250, a boot camp from James Boardman from Bodyshop Fitness raising £600 and £400 from a boot sale.

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