Max’s special gift from ‘Queen’

.GOT THE SCOOTER'25/08/11'scooter newly aquired by max holmes [with mum julie]'royce rd,sp
.GOT THE SCOOTER'25/08/11'scooter newly aquired by max holmes [with mum julie]'royce rd,sp
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SEVEN-YEAR-OLD MAX Holmes has a big smile back on his face after a kind Lincolnshire Free Press reader stepped in to buy him a scooter.

SEVEN-YEAR-OLD MAX Holmes has a big smile back on his face after a kind Lincolnshire Free Press reader stepped in to buy him a scooter.

The youngster was left devastated after an error in the Argos catalogue meant his mum Julie couldn’t afford to buy him the stunt scooter he had set his heart on for his birthday.

But after we carried his story in the Spalding Guardian earlier this month, a kind couple, who do not wish to be named, called to say they would like to buy Max his gift.

Julie said: “He is so happy. Because I don’t know who has bought the scooter for him, he has started saying it is a present from the Queen.

“But we would both like to say a really big ‘thankyou’ to these people.

“It is amazing that total strangers can care enough to go out of their way and spend their own money to buy Max a scooter.”

Max has already been whizzing around on the mean machine – despite having a fractured eye socket following a fall from his skateboard.

The youngster, who turned seven on Sunday, August 21, had the accident the previous evening and was still in hospital having a scan in the early hours of his big day.

Julie, of Royce Road, said: “He had a cut on his face, a huge bump on the back of his head and a lump the size of an eyeball under his eye.

“We didn’t get home from the hospital until about 2.30am but he still had a lovely birthday with a huge skatepark cake, with BMX, skateboards and scooters on it.

“The new scooter really is just the icing on the cake.”

The single mum-of-four had promised Max a scooter from Argos after he had picked it out in the catalogue.

The price printed next to it, and with the details elsewhere on the page, said it was £17.99.

But when she went to buy it from the Spalding store, she was told the product was actually £79.99 – a price she could not afford.

Afterwards she said: “How am I going to tell my son that I haven’t been able to buy him the toy I promised him?”

Argos apologised for the error, saying mistakes do occasionally happen because of the sheer number of products in the catalogue.