Olivia gets tricycle thanks to the stars

8:00am Monday 23rd December 2013

FAMOUS faces – from singers to notorious prisoners – have helped to put a smile on the face of an Evesham youngster.

Olivia Hancock was delighted to receive a specially built tricycle after her friends, family and some famous folk all raised cash to pay for the equipment.

The seven-year-old, who has cerebral palsy diplegia, was presented with the tricycle last Wednesday at St Andrew’s School, where she is a year three pupil.

Her mum, Emma Haynes, said Olivia was all smiles.

“She had no idea it was coming,” she said. “She loved it. All the kids from her class have seen it and she was riding it around the school. When I saw her riding it I could’ve cried at her little face.”

In total £1,200 was raised for the tricycle as well as extra money including £400, used to buy a shed to store the specialist equipment in.

This has been raised by Evesham people including Olivia’s aunt, Emma Dyer, the Best of Evesham and Anthony Welch Automotive.

Some celebrities also helped out, singer Giles Potter performed at a fund-raising night, to the delight of Olivia’s sister Grace, and they also met Matt Cardle who donated some merchandise to be auctioned. Also helping the campaign was notorious prisoner Charles Bronson, who donated some artwork.

“There are so many people that have raised money for us. I can’t thank them enough,” said Miss Haynes.

“When she is used to it she will be able to ride it on her own and it will be invaluable to her physio. It will also mean she can join with the other children and be part of the neighbourhood.”

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