Staff and customers at a Thorne store are rallying round to raise cash to buy a disabled boy a specially adapted bike.
Autistic and epileptic Jack Allen, aged 13, of Fenland Road, Thorne, who attends Stone Hill Special School in Scawsby, is a regular face at the town’s One Stop Shop on Miller Lane.
Store manager Liz Garth, 51, has been so taken with Jack that when he mentioned he would like a new bicycle she decided to do her bit to help and organised a fundraising raffle.
Liz said: “He’s lovely. He’s a lovely child and he needs a bike and we want to help him get one. He comes in and he is so polite and well behaved. He amazes me – in fact I am in awe of him really.
“I’ve never seen him upset, he’s always got a smile on his face. He’s part of our community and it’s about time people did things like this for the community.”
Jack’s mum Julie, 40, said: “He needs a bike that’s specially made for disabled people. It is easier to pedal and steer, it’s a really sturdy bike. It’s more like a tricycle.
“He finds it easier on one of these. He hasn’t the muscle tone or strength to pedal a normal bike.”
She added: “The manager said she would fundraise for us to help us out. We were surprised and shocked. We don’t like asking for help, but the generosity of the people going into the shop is already overwhelming. Some people have gone in and made donations of £20 and £30 at a time. The community spirit is fantastic.”
Prizes for the raffle are £30 cash for the first prize, £15 cash for the second winner and a meal for two at The Belmont for the third winning ticket.