Brave Eric’s bike ride for children’s centre

Eric Swanson with Chris Purvis
Eric Swanson with Chris Purvis
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AN inspirational youngster completed a bike ride in aid of a children’s centre.

Eric Swanson, who has Down’s Syndrome, pedalled his custom built chopper from his home in Hindpool Close, Hartlepool, to the square outside The Borough Hall on the Headland to raise cash for Exmoor Grove Children’s Centre, which he attends on alternate weekends

The 15-year-old raised £230 and he even collected money in a tin while completing the ride.

Exmoor Grove, which is in the Throston area of town, provides short care breaks for five to 18-year-old children with special needs.

The children’s centre’s assistant manager, Chris Purvis, said: “We followed him all the way and ended up right outside the Borough Hall.

“His family walked all the way with him as well.

“He was brilliant, he put his heart and soul into it and had a big smile on his face.”

The impressive total raised is to be added to other funds so far to fund a new group set up by the centre.

She added: “We’ve just set up a Friends of Exmoor Grove group and Eric’s mum is a member, so the money will go into that.

“We’ve raised £980 so far and that will go towards taking the children on trips to places like Flamingo Land and Lightwater Valley and for big days out they might not normally have.”

Eric’s family have also set the date for the charity event they are going to host to raise more funds for Exmoor Grove.

The fundraiser will be held at the Richardson Westgarth Sports & Social Club, in the town’s Winterbottom Avenue, on October 25.