Look at the moment a brave Hartlepool girl's dream came true as she rides her special new bike

Look at the delight on the face of Tilly Grant as her very special dream came true.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 4:45 am

All that the seven-year-old ever wanted to do was play out on a bike with her friends.

Now Tilly, who has cerebral palsy, has done exactly that after a Hartlepool fundraising appeal.

Supporters donated money so that Tilly could have a specially adapted trike.

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Tilly Grant on her specially adapted trike with Micky Day, Karen Willgress and Kelly Pearson from Miles for Men. Picture by FRANK REID

The total was so impressive that the adaptations needed on it could also be carried out.

This was Tilly’s beaming face as her dream came true just days before her eighth birthday.

Mum Samantha Malone said: “She absolutely loves it and we couldn’t get her off it. She must have been on it for an hour.

"It is going to make a huge difference to her. She can ride the bike on her own. She can turn it.

Tilly just loves her new trike.

"It is amazing because we were told when she was born that she would never do any of these things.”

The Springwell School pupil cannot sit up on her own or walk unaided but she is a "bright little girl” who loves Disney books, car trips with her family, her sensory room at home and singing along to songs.

Her parents – full-time mum Samantha, 30, and dad Paul Grant, 45, a taxi driver – describe her as “mischievous and funny”.

Tilly Grant on her specially adapted trike with Micky Day and Kelly Pearson from Miles for Men. Picture by FRANK REID

Her tailor-made trike – which is thought to have cost around £1,600 to £1,700 with adaptations – has made her dream come true.

It is the second time charitable organisation Miles For Men helped Tilly as it also fitted a sensory room in her town home.

Among the people who supported the cause were Hartlepool glamour model Chelsea Ferguson and Beccy Sharp, who run an adult industry social media platform. They donated £500 to the appeal.

Tilly Grant has a ride on her specially adapted trike. Picture by FRANK REID

Miles For Men founder Micky Day said: “Once again, the Hartlepool community has come forward. It is all to do with the people of Hartlepool backing the charity as always.”

Further details about the group’s work is available at www.milesformen.co.uk/

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A big day for Tilly Grant as she gets her dream trike.
Tilly Grant on her specially adapted trike with mum Samantha Malone and dad Paul Grant. Picture by FRANK REID
Tilly Grant on her specially adapted trike with (left to right) Micky Day from Miles for Men, mum Samantha Malone, dad Paul Grant and Kelly Pearson from Miles for Men. Picture by FRANK REID