A GRANDMOTHER from Ellesmere has spoken of her delight after her grandson – who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy – now has his own bike like his older brother.

Davena Struggles’ grandson, four-year-old Harrison Thompson, is said to be very excited after money raised at various events during the year meant that his family were able to purchase the adapted bike.

“I must admit I was a bit dubious of it [the bike] at first but his face said it all – he had a bike like his older brother, and it was worth a million pounds that look,” Davena said.

Although Harrison– who will be starting mainstream school in September – and his family live in Skegness, his mother Jodie is from Ellesmere and as it is the hometown of his grandparents too, the youngster is a familiar face in the area.

A number of charity events have taken place in Shropshire to raise money for Harrison, including a Easter bingo, car boot sales and teddy tombola, with many more in the pipeline.

Davena and the family will be fundraising at the following upcoming events: Ellesmere’s Rotary Regatta, Classic Car Show and Festival and Carnival.

“Support has always been good for him in Ellesmere – he is well-known here,” Davena added.

“He spends a lot of time with us here to give his mum a break as it’s hard work, but worth every minute.”

Ellesmere Rangers will be hosting a charity fun day on Saturday, July 27 to help buy Harrison a new all-terrain wheelchair.

The event will take place at Ellesmere Rangers FC ground and includes a charity football match between the Ellesmere Legends and Ellesmere Old Boys. Kick-off is 5pm with entertainment to follow from 8pm. Entry to the game is £2 and £10 for a ticket to the evening event which includes hot food.

For tickets call 01691 623587 or 01691 622031.