Our trike surprise amazes Grace (3)

Sister act ' Grace (left) and Megan Knighton enjoy their new bikes. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG301211-227TW
Sister act ' Grace (left) and Megan Knighton enjoy their new bikes. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG301211-227TW
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CEREBRAL palsy tot Grace Knighton had her dreams come true on Christmas morning when she woke up to find a shiny pink trike from Santa Claus.

Her £350 present was funded by Lincolnshire Free Press readers thanks to your generous donations to our children’s fund.

And it means Grace isn’t left out in the cold when her identical twin sister Megan goes pedalling off on her new bike.

The girls’ mum, Helen, said: “I had to wake them up at 7.30am because I was so excited.

“Grace loves her trike. Thank you so much.”

Grace’s trike has a special support for her torso and ‘foot sandals’.

Megan pedalled her bike straightaway but Grace had to be pushed on hers at first until some wooden blocks were fastened to the pedals.

And then she was away, pedalling merrily alongside Megan.

The excitement of Christmas Day still hasn’t quite worn off for the twins.

Helen said: “They have both been to bed with their cycle helmets most nights.

“Grace has told everybody what she’s got.

“She’s so excited and it’s pink as well. She normally likes boys’ colours but she’s obsessed with the fact that it’s pink.”

This Christmas was a far happier affair than the girls’ first Christmas three years ago as they were born 11 weeks’ premature and remained a hospital special care unit.

Birth complications, including starvation of oxygen, led to Grace being diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of one and that means she can’t do many of the things that Megan can.

Life for Grace is still a constant round of hospital appointments.

Grace’s special trike would have cost more than £1,000 brand new, but the family sourced one second hand and the Free Press Children’s Fund gladly stepped in so the little girl from Whaplode Drove could have her best Christmas so far in her young life.

The family – including the girls’ tiny brother, five-month-old Connor – spent Christmas with Helen’s parents at Gedney Hill. The girls had their bikes there and had a whale of a time.