Kyle inspires real show of strength

Mark Smalley and Andy Gillette on the Prom to raise money for the appeal launched by the family of Kyle McGinty (below).
Mark Smalley and Andy Gillette on the Prom to raise money for the appeal launched by the family of Kyle McGinty (below).
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A GROUP of colleagues put their muscles to the test when they completed a gruelling three tonne pick-up pull in aid of a disabled boy’s appeal.

Kyle McGinty, three, from Blackpool, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy Hemiplegia when he was just six months old.

Kyle McGinty

Kyle McGinty

The condition means he is unable to walk and he has been attending The Legacy Rainbow House for life changing therapy for the past two years.

Kyle’s family – like all those using the charity – have been asked to raise £3,000 to ensure Rainbow House can sustain its services.

When Warton businessman Mark Smalley heard of the family’s plight he decided to put his employees to the ultimate test.

He asked 30 of them to join him in pulling a two and a half tonne truck with a trailer weighing half a tonne behind it from Blackpool Lifeboat Station to Squires Gate and back again.

Ten teams of three took on the five-mile challenge on Saturday, taking the pull in turns every half a mile.

Mark Smalley, owner of Smalley Plant Hire, said: “Kyle’s dad is one of our customers and when he told us of Kyle’s plight we all decided we wanted to help.

“It’s just our chance to give a little bit back.

“Kyle is a lovely lad, and we are hoping that this will help the family reach their £3,000 mark. We had a bucket collection throughout the route and we raised £1,100 on the day which is great.”

Kyle’s parents thanked the team from Smalley Plant Hire for taking on this incredible feat for their son.

Kelly Stobbs, Kyle’s mother, 28, said: “Recently, thanks to the work of The Legacy Rainbow House, Kyle has managed to take a couple of independent steps.

“The charity has given us so much and now we want to give something back. We are extremely grateful to Mark and everyone at Smalley Plant Hire for what they have done.”

And Kyle’s father, Dan, 33, of Skelwith Road, Marton, said: “When it first started with Mark I went in with a collection box and asked if I could put it on the counter. But Mark said he could do better than that! It was a brilliant day. Kyle has physio at Rainbow House. He is going there twice a week so it’s a really important place for him.”

To donate to Kyle’s appeal visit Kyle’s Just Giving web page.