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First bike ride for Bromsgrove 11-year-old
7:50am Monday 16th September 2013 in Local
A BROMSGROVE girl, who suffers from autism, has been taken out on her first bike ride thanks to the handiwork of some engineering fanatics.
Rigby Hall School pupil Leah Bartlett always wanted to cycle but had been unable to because her condition strongly affects her balance.
Mother Lydia Bartlett, 30 and stepdad Steve Tiene, 29, from Charford, had not been expecting to take Leah for her first bike ride for a number of years as they were saving up to buy a trike or bike trailer.
When Mr Tiene spoke to work friend Will Hudson he suggested building a trailer from scratch and set about working on the three-wheeler with fellow engineering fanatic Matthew Park.
The duo, from Stourport, purchased an old trike which could clip onto the back of Mr Tiene’s bike.
They then personalised it for Leah by painting it in her favourite colour of pink and included Hello Kitty stickers.
A personalised number plate was also donated for the trike from Lloyds Garage, while an adjustable seat and a basket were also added.
When the 11-year-old received the bike, she was delighted and enjoyed going out on her ever first bike ride.
Mr Tiene said: “She is just over the moon.
“We didn’t think we would be able to do this for another couple of years because of the price of the bikes.
“Words cannot describe how thankful we are to Will and Matt. The bike ride was really really good – she just always wants to go on it now.”
Mr Hudson added: “We are pleased everyone was happy with the trike – it is a really good feeling.
"Leah’s family came along with this idea and with all bits and pieces lying around we were able to complete the project.”
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