A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy who dreams of playing wheelchair basketball is a step closer to being able to play out with his friends.
Benjamin Csaki was born with developmental congenital disorder spina bifida. It means he has to use a wheelchair to get around.
But, having relied on a standard NHS chair, his mum Helen, 31, is now trying to raise enough money to buy a £3,000 hand bike which would give the Sutton Green Primary pupil much greater mobility.
After fundraising at the Life Church in Bebington, Ben’s story struck a chord with one of the parishioners – Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper Owain Fôn Williams. He arranged for collection buckets at a home game at Prenton Park.
“They raised £1,300 and Owain has got a signed Tranmere shirt, Liverpool and Manchester United,” said Helen.
“People have been so generous with their time and money.
“He’s always enjoyed sports but he couldn’t do it really because we didn’t have the money to get the bike. He’s raring to go now.
“He wants to be able to play out with his friends like everyone else. it will allow him so much more freedom. He wants to do basketball. We are looking for a local club at the moment.
“He’s a really good boy and has never been resentful.”
A black-tie ball takes place on November 16 at the Life Church in Bebington and tickets cost £10.
When enough money for the hand bike has been raised, further proceeds will go to spina bifida charity Shine.