An early gift for little Kai

Three year old Kai Hodgkinson of Fleetwood with his trike, donated by Lifeline for Kids so he can get around.
Three year old Kai Hodgkinson of Fleetwood with his trike, donated by Lifeline for Kids so he can get around.
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CHRISTMAS came early for brave Fleetwood toddler Kai Hodgkinson after he battled a medical condition and beat all the odds.

Kai, who is three, has suffered from cerebral palsy since birth and last year doctors told his parents he would probably never walk.

But the plucky tot was determined not to let his condition hold him back and was soon up and about on two legs.

Now thanks to a donation from charity Lifeline 4 Kids, Kai is mobile on three wheels after he was given a shiny new trike.

His proud mother Karen, 32, who lives at Hesketh Place said: “Kai absolutely loves his trike, we struggle to get him off it, it’s amazing to see.

“We are all so proud of him, we never thought he’d walk so to see him being able to play with his brothers is so moving.

“I just can’t thank the charity enough, Christmas has really come early for Kai.”

The youngster had asked for a bike for Christmas so he could play with older brothers Blain, 11 and eight-year-old Codie.

But when his parents looked at prices for adapted trikes, they cost around £1,200.

Luckily, Lifeline 4 Kids, a charity set up to provide equipment for children with disabilities and special needs came to the rescue.

They provided the grant to buy the trike and also measured the tot to ensure it was exactly right.

And Kai’s face lit up when his new trike arrived this week.

Karen added: “I’m just so proud of Kai, he took his first steps at a family party last year and we all just burst into tears.

“All he wants is to be able to play out on his bike with his brothers and this gives him that chance.

“It means he can enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise, we are so grateful.”