Superb response to appeal for Ben

Ben, pictured with his pals at Spalding's St John the Baptist Primary School, was given a �200 donation as pupils dressed in red, white and blue for the Royal Wedding.
Ben, pictured with his pals at Spalding's St John the Baptist Primary School, was given a �200 donation as pupils dressed in red, white and blue for the Royal Wedding.
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GENEROUS readers have not only helped to fulfil Ben Harcourt-Allen’s dream of riding a bike, they have also contributed towards the cost of equipment he may need in the future.

More than £1,800 has been donated to Ben’s plight since he appeared in the Lincolnshire Free Press just over a month ago.

Ben, who has spastic diplegia, is unable to walk unaided and had never been able to keep his feet on the pedals to ride a bike.

His family appealed for help in buying a made-to-measure trike which cost £1,232 and donations began pouring in.

Now a trust fund has been set up by his family to keep the rest of the money safe for the future.

As he grows, Ben will need essential walking aids and a bigger wheelchair.

Mum Joanne Allen, of Bourne Road, said: “I never in a million years thought people would donate so much. It’s been overwhelming.

“A big thank you to everyone.”