Xmas gift to improve little boy's life

Published Friday, 13 December 2013
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A little Armagh boy with severe spina bifida has received a special present from Father Christmas that will help improve his mobility.

Anthony Kelly, who is two-and-a-half, is paralysed from the chest down.

But despite his disability, he has surprised doctors with how much he can do.

Local charity iCare, set up by homecare providers, heard Anthony's story and decided to bring him a special gift from Father Christmas.

Mr and Mrs Claus presented the red bicycle to him on Friday at his home in Derrynoose before a trip to Santa's gate-lodge in Milford.

"He's a wonderful, precious little boy to his family and brings a lot of joy to his family but his physical disability was restricting (him)," Mairead Mackle, from iCare explained.

"What we did, the iCare committee went and asked Santa if he would build a special bicycle to present Anthony for Christmas this year.

"So now Santa has given him this special bicycle, he's going to be able to interact more with his family, and that will minimise his disability in that sense."

Christopher Kelly, Anthony's father, said the bike would give his son more independence and allow him to play outdoors with his three older brothers.

He added that the family were so thankful for the gift for their "wee ray of sunshine".

"He's made our lives better," Chris added. "Him and the boys get on really well and the boys really love him."

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Lisburn in Lisburn wrote (126 days ago):
It's great to hear some good news for a change! I hope that this wee boy and his family have a wonderful Christmas.
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