'You're amazing' - mum's touching thanks to kindhearted people of Hartlepool for helping her daughter's bike dream come true

A mum has said a huge thank you after the people of Hartlepool helped her inspirational daughter’s bike dream come true.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 2:58 pm

Locals donated money so that Tilly Grant, who has cerebral palsy, could have a specially adapted trike.

Mum Samantha Malone said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that contributed towards Tilly’s trike. Yet again, it is Hartlepool pulling together to help our little girl get her dream trike. It’s absolutely amazing.”

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Tilly Grant with her mum Samantha Malone.

All that Tilly, seven, wanted to do was to go out and play with her friends on their bikes.

The Springwell School pupil can not 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 (especially her favourite which is Olly Murs Dear Darlin).

Thanks to Hartlepool charity Miles For Men, Tilly will have her own bike for the first time ever and she can play out in the streets ‘just like the other girls’, said mum.

Tilly recently had a trial try-out and took to it straight away. Once adaptions have been made, Tilly’s tailor-made bike – which is expected to cost around £1,500 to £2,000 – will give her the dream she has been waiting for.

Tilly with her dad Paul Grant.

Samantha had originally planned to raise the money on social media before Miles For Men stepped in. The charity’s founder Micky Day said: “Lots of people came forward and it did not take long to raise the money.

"People gave everything from £5 upwards and companies put hundreds in. It’s amazing.

“These are difficult times for people and Hartlepool has showed once again how it comes together. I sometimes have to kick myself at how amazing the support is.”

Samantha added: “From the bottom of ours hearts, thank you so much. It is going to make a lot of difference to Tilly. It is going to make her feel more independent. She is going to have a lot of fun on her new trike.”

Tilly Grant whose story touched the hearts of Hartlepool people.

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Tilly Grant who will have her dream of having a trike come true thanks to the people of Hartlepool and the town charity Miles for Men.