There’s no stopping four-year-old Amy Wolstenholme now that she has her very own set of wheels.
The youngster, who has undergone 48 operations after contracting meningitis when she was just nine months old, has been gifted a hand trike by the Dreams Come True charity, which fulfils the dreams of seriously ill children.
It means she can play outside with her friends when in the past all she could do was stand by and watch while they rode their bikes in front of their houses on Ravens Close, Normoss.
Her first moments on the trike, which was delivered on Tuesday, were a proud moment for mum Jade.
“It was like Christmas morning in our house,” she said.
“At the crack of dawn we were at the front door looking out for the van which would deliver the trike. She absolutely loves it and was riding up and down with it all day.”
Amy, who starts school at Carr Head, Poulton, in September, was left fighting for her life when Jade found a rash on her body in December 2010.
Her left leg had to be amputated when the disease spread rapidly across her tiny body and left her covered in scars.
She will need physiotherapy for the rest of her life, and will need skin grafts as she continues to grow.
Because she doesn’t have a knee joint in her prosthetic leg, Amy cannot ride a conventional bike, but with the hand trike, which is powered by her arms, she is able to power ahead of her friends.
Jade, 25, said: “Five months ago Amy’s physio recommended the hand trike, but there was no way I could ever afford it – it’s cost £900 all together.
“I applied to Dreams Come True and we were so grateful to have received the trike from them. We’re both other the moon.”
Jade said as soon as Amy got on the bike she was teasing her young friends to keep up, but she knew it was a moment her granddad Anthony, who died 15 months ago, would have been proud of.
Anthony, 52, used to take Amy’s brother Connor, nine, to school on his bike, pulling Amy behind him in a home-made trailer.
Jade said: “Amy just said ‘Granddad would be proud of me wouldn’t he?’.
“It was a nice moment, but also upsetting.
“It’s a big thing because she’s never had a bike.
“It was a proud moment.
“I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.”
Jade said Amy, who will start school part time, continued to impress her family with her progress.
“She’s been so poorly, had 48 operations and had to cope with losing her granddad – it’s been a tough time,” she said.
“But Jade has got through it all, and I feel like we’re coming through it all now and things are starting to turn around.”