Grove & Wantage community rallies to buy special trike for local lad

Earlier this summer, Mike Hissey in Grove found out there was a local lad called Maison who had meningitis when he was a baby and now is sadly registered blind and has mobility issues. His dream was to have a special Theraplay trike he could ride with someone holding a handle at the back to steer him safely. His family had started saving up for it but it was pretty expensive at £1,500.

So Mike contacted some friends with local businesses who kindly made cash contributions. Thanks to Rob at Shaws Carpentry & Construction, Roger and Nick at Big Red Scaffolding, Adam at A2Z Signs, Mustafa at Grove Kebab Van, Alan at A Exell Plumbing & Heating, Alex at Wantage Vale Windows and Shane at SH Carpentry & Construction, Mike raised £1,050 in just three days.

They still had £450 to go. Then by extraordinary coincidence, the son of the man who ran the Theraplay company moved to Grove and saw Mike’s posts on facebook and offered to tell his Dad about Maison. The result was that Theraplay agreed to supply the trike for the amount that they had raised.

“It was all a big surprise for Maison and his Mum Nicole was over the moon to have our help like this out of the blue,” explains Mike. “The day we took the trike over Maison couldn’t believe it. As soon as he realised what it was he climbed straight on, Nicole strapped him in and he was off. She had a job keeping up with him!”

Mike is one of the admins of the Lets Have a Moan, Wantage & Grove facebook group that undertakes a number of projects for the community.

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