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Charity has helped family through illness

Connor Wolstenholme's bike, which was a present from his grandad, was stolen earlier this month.
He is pictured with a replacement, bought by St Annes charity Ray of Sunshine

Connor Wolstenholme's bike, which was a present from his grandad, was stolen earlier this month. He is pictured with a replacement, bought by St Annes charity Ray of Sunshine

A charity has bought a child a new bike after his Christmas present was stolen by brazen thieves.

Connor Wolstenholme’s pride and joy was taken from his back garden earlier this month.

The eight-year-old was left devastated by the theft as the BMX was a present given to him by his late grandfather, Alan, who died in May last year, aged just 51.

Connor, of Raven’s Close, Poulton, regularly cares for his younger sister, Amy, who had her leg amputated in 2011 when she contracted meningitis.

The Ray of Sunshine charity, in St Annes, has helped the family throughout Amy’s battle with the condition and her recovery, and did not hesitate to get Connor a new bike when they heard about his plight.

David Lee, who runs the charity which replaced the £130 bike, said: “Amy has become a mascot for us and they have had a hell of a time.

“Connor has become more or less the man of the house since his grandfather died.

“He looks after his sister and thinks the world of her, so this was a reward for what he has done for the family.”

Money for Connor’s bike was raised by the charity and readers of The Gazette after they heard about the theft.

Mum Jade Wolstenholme, 25, said: “David and the charity have been great.

“They’ve sent us on holiday, decorated the house and always get a limousine for Amy when it’s her birthday.

“He is really happy about the new bike especially because he was really upset about the bike being stolen.

“It was a present his grandad got him last Christmas and it was something he remembered him by.”

Amy’s right leg was amputated up to the knee when the disease spread over her body in 2010, and she has endured more than 50 operations to date as she battles against the effects of the disease.

 
 
 

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