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Barrow community rallies round to give boy special trike

THE kind-hearted Barrow community has rallied together to help a young boy realise a three-wheel dream.

Just a week ago The Evening Mail told how fundraising events had been arranged to help buy Bailey Harding a specialist trike.

Now the £1,090 needed to buy the trike has already been secured to help the 11-year-old, who has various conditions and disabilities, after donations from well-wishers ahead of the two fundraising nights.

Bailey won the hearts of Evening Mail readers back in 2003 when they raised £800 in two weeks to buy a specially-adapted walker to allow him to take his first steps and develop his muscles.

The Walney School student has the rare condition, optic nerve hypoplasia, which has left him partially sighted and suffering growth problems through an under developed pituitary gland.

Bailey is also profoundly deaf and is due to have his 12th hearing operation this year. He also has the potentially life threatening adrenal insufficiency, where his body cannot cope with sudden pain or stress.

Bailey’s physiotherapist at Furness General Hospital recommended that a trike would be good for him. It will allow him to go on bike rides with his family, which he cannot do at the moment.

Bailey’s mum, Sam Harding, 32, says she has been “overwhelmed’” by the generosity of Barrow residents, from those who have helped organise the fundraising nights and others that have given donations.

The Mark Masons of West Lancashire, which includes the lodges of Barrow and Ulverston, has offered to pay for the full cost of the trike, while an anonymous donor left a £100 contribution for Bailey at the Evening Mail offices.

Mrs Harding, of Bermuda Crescent, Walney, said: “I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the response.

“It is absolutely fantastic.”

She was preparing to tell Bailey when he got home from school. She said: “He will be over the moon.”

Alan Jones, provincial charity steward for The Mark Masons of West Lancashire, said: “Quite a few of our members saw the article in the Evening Mail about Bailey and wanted to help.

“We felt it was a project worthy of support.”

As well as the anonymous gentleman who left the cash at the Evening Mail’s front counter, Walney Carnival Committee also wants to donate money.

Mrs Harding said she was so grateful and this money will go towards buying Bailey a specially made cycling helmet and suitable storage for the trike.

The fundraising events, including the family night and party, the day before Bailey’s birthday, will also go towards these things and some specially made football boots for Bailey. Extra funds will go in Bailey’s trust fund for his future needs.

The family night and party takes place on November 2 at Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club in Barrow from 7pm. Pete Murphy will compère, and there is music, magic, and a raffle including Manchester United tickets. Tickets are available from Cinders Clothing Agency, in Buccleuch Street, Barrow, priced at £5 for adults and £3 for children.

The Barrow and District Society for the Blind organised quiz night is at the Nautical Club, in Walney, from 7pm on October 18. Tickets are available from the society’s shop in Cavendish Street, Barrow, priced at £5, including pie and peas.

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The Walney Terriers will be collecting for Bailey Harding at our first match 2pm Furness Rugby Ground.

Posted by Walney Terrier on 20 October 2012 at 18:06

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