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Bobbies on bikes help Ethan walk

PLUCKY Ethan Clarke is able to stand for the first time thanks to the work of a charity.

PLUCKY Ethan Clarke is able to stand for the first time thanks to the work of a charity.

The four-year-old suffers from cerebral palsy and had never been able to support himself without the help of his parents.

But cash raised by Bobbies on Bikes has paid for a special walking frame allowing Ethan, of Beauty Bank, Winsford, to stand and move about on his own.

It all came about when great-aunt Barbara Clarke stepped in and introduced his parents Lisa and Andrew to Reg Lloyd of Bobbies on Bikes, a Crewe-based charity.

Mrs Clarke, of Cherry Crescent, said: 'Ethan's mum was a bit reluctant to accept charity at first but I do a lot of fundraising for Bobbies on Bikes and I knew Ethan could be helped.'

Ethan, who goes to Hebden Green, received his new walking frame on Wednesday and is said to be doing very well. He is currently enjoying a holiday in South Wales with mum and dad.

Reg Lloyd said: 'By being able to stand of his own in the frame, Ethan will be able to gradually build the strength in his legs.

'It is important he does this now because as he grows he will become heavier and it will get harder.'

It has taken since April to raise the £1,100 needed for the frame for the Winsford toddler through a string of events including a race night, fun day, auction and bingo nights.

Bobbies on Bikes was formed some years ago after a sponsored bike ride by local police officers proved so successful it became a permanent project.

* To get involved with the charity phone Reg Lloyd on 07776 366316.


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