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First bike ride for Kidderminster 11-year-old
AN 11-year-old girl, who suffers from autism has been taken out on her first bike ride, thanks to the handiwork of two Stourport men.
Young Leah Bartlett always wanted to cycle but had been unable to because her condition strongly affects her balance.
Mother Lydia Bartlett, 30 and stepfather Steve Tiene, 29 had not been expecting to take Leah for her first bike ride for a number of years as they were saving up to buy a trike orbike trailer.
When Mr Tiene spoke to work friend Will Hudson, 51, from Stourport, however, Mr Hudson suggested building a trailer from scratch and set about working on the threewheeler with fellow engineering fanatic Matthew Park, 32, also fromStourport.
The duo purchased an old trike which could clip on to the back of Mr Tiene’s bike.
They personalised it for Leah, painting it in her favourite colour pink, fixing Hello Kitty stickers, an adjustable seat and a basket.
The family gave the new trike to Leah on Monday this week and said the youngster was “over the moon”.
The former Franche Primary School pupil went for her first bike ride in Bromsgrove, where they moved to from Kidderminster earlier this year, on Tuesday.
Mr Tiene said: “She is just over the moon. We didn’t think we would be able to do this for another couple of years because of the price of the bikes.
“Words cannot describe how thankful we are to Will and Matt. The bike ride was really really good – she just always wants to go on it now.”
Mr Hudson added: “We are pleased everyone was happy with the trike – it is a really good feeling. Leah’s family came along with this idea and with all bits and pieces lying around we were able to complete the project.”
Stourport-based Lloyds Garage also donated a personalised number plate for the trike.
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