Watch the heartwarming scene as Santa visits a poorly Hartlepool boy - with 40 bikers to accompany him!

A brave little Hartlepool boy got a special treat when Santa Claus turned up in his street –with a whole convoy of motor bikes!

Thursday, 24th December 2020, 5:59 pm

The heartwarming moment was a Christmas Eve dream come true for two-year-old Noah Griffiths who has a rare brain tumour.

He loves motor bikes and was amazed when dozens of them roared into the Owton Manor street where he lives.

And to make the occasion even more special, the bikers brought Santa Claus along on the back of one of their trikes, complete with presents.

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Santa Clause brings gifts for Noah Griffiths who is held by his dad Jamie Greenhow as his mum Abbieleigh Griffiths with his sister Ivy Greenhow look on. Picture by Frank Reid

The cavalcade was organised by the Eights and Aces motor bike group and spokesman Mark Cantwell said: “We got an amazing response and we were expecting anything from 30 to 70 bikers.”

Around 40 joined the cavalcade which met up near Marina Way in Hartlepool. Then they travelled in style in a huge convoy as they made the short journey to Noah’s home where they paraded in single file in front of his house, while Noah looked on in awe.

Mark added: “We became aware that Noah was poorly and we have followed his journey. We took it upon ourselves to visit him in a socially distanced way to keep him safe.

Bike riders gather at the home of Noah Griffiths. Picture by Frank Reid.

"We will always be there in the background for him.”

Noah has a grade 3 glioma which is a type of tumour which can happen in the brain and spinal cord.

He is facing 45 weeks of chemotherapy and was in hospital just a day before the bikers called. His mum Abbieleigh Griffiths said Noah loved the whole experience and said that, leading up to the day, she ‘couldn’t wait to see his face’ as he watched the special treat.

Noah Griffiths with mum Abbieleigh Griffiths and dad Jamie Greenhow.

She said Noah had been ‘telling all the doctors and nurses’ about the bikers who were coming to visit.

His friends and family have also launched a fundraising battle to get him to Disneyland in Paris.

Abbieliegh, 18, said that, despite all his health problems, ‘he is the happiest little boy I know.

The lives of this Owton Manor family (mum Abbieleigh, dad Jamie Greenhow, 20, Noah, two years, and baby daughter Ivy, 22 months) were changed forever in the summer of 2020.

That is when Noah had a seizure and was rushed to hospital for tests including MRI scans.

And by complete coincidence, the tests for the seizure also showed up a totally unrelated tumour which was on Noah’s brain.

But Noah is no stranger to fighting and being brave. He has fought with health problems ever since he was born early. He came into the world at 30 weeks.

He was poorly when he was first born and only went home at seven weeks.

To find out more about Noah and the bid to get him to Disneyland, visit the Noah’s Superhero Journey Facebook page.

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