On the 2nd December Tomcat, an organisation based in Gloucester that designs and manufactures custom-built trikes for disabled children and adults, made a special delivery to Aaron Murphy, aged five.
Aaron has had Spina Bifida from birth and as a result has very little movement in his legs; so his wish of riding a bike seemed like an impossibility to his mother Shauna-Leigh Moore. However, after some research she read about Tomcats Carer controlled Hand-Propelled trike (Worlds first) on the organisations website and thought the trike could really benefit Aaron; “to get him involved and “exercise” in his own way, be independent and have some freedom to be like his peers.”
“Aaron really wanted a bike for Christmas,” commented Shauna, “and I obviously wanted to fulfil his Christmas wish so I looked around for something that would specifically suit his needs.
I found Tomcat’s website and to my amazement, they had a hand propelled trike that could not only help Aaron’s condition, but it actually looked like a ‘normal’ trike!”
On hearing the news of Aaron’s Christmas wish The Hereford Lions and Hereford Rugby Club helped to fund the trike and a wish very quickly became a reality.
“The support we’ve received from everyone has been amazing;
Thank you to the local community for making a Christmas wish come true!
Even the Mayor of Hereford who happened to be at the school when the trike was delivered, got involved in the photo snapping and congratulated Aaron on receiving his shiny new trike, to which Aaron responded with a big thumbs up!”