Christmas comes early for James as trike arrives

James Hudson on his new trike EMN-151218-113040001

James Hudson on his new trike EMN-151218-113040001

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Christmas came early for a very special little boy who received a gift, not from Santa but from his helpers at Stamford and District Round Table.

Volunteers at the Round Table group received an application from Stamford mum Sarah Hudson Derry, who was trying to raise the money to buy her young son James a modified tricycle.

Eight-year-old James has Downs Syndrome and can’t ride a normal tricycle because of his disabilities.

The Round Table were delighted to help and decided to donate the proceeds from its annual Stamford Car Show towards the cause.

The Stamford Car Show takes place each August bank holiday weekend on the meadows, and this year’s event on August 30 raised about £8,000. More than £1,000 was given to James and his family to buy the bike.

Jim Coulam is the community service and social officer at Stamford and District Round Table and said: “It was a very successful day. It’s the 11th year that we have done this, and we raised around £8,000.

“We like to raise funds locally, and then spend it locally also.”

The group and Sarah were put on a six-week waiting list by the company which manufactures the bike, but it finally arrived for James just intime for 
Christmas.

James’ delighted mum Sarah said: “We are very happy with it and very grateful! James is extremely pleased with the bike.

“It will benefit him no end. He has quite poor muscle tone, so using the tricycle he can now build up his leg muscles to walk further.”

Mrs Hudson Derry, of Christ Church Close, added she hopes to do some fundraising next year for James, and would like to give some money back to the Round Table for their generosity and support.

Jim was delighted for James and keen for the people who attend the car show to see where the money goes. He thanked everyone who attended.