There were big celebrations this week at the Wave and Swansea Sound as their annual Christmas appeal saw the rewards as an 11 yr old boy got his dream to come true.
Kai Lewis from Sandfields Port Talbot is a quadriplegic who would normally find it incredibly difficult to ride a standard bike. When his mum Leanne started fundraising for a specially adapted bike little did she know that a helping hand was just around the corner.
The Cash for Kids appeal from South Wales Radio Stations 96.4 FM The Wave and Swansea Sound came to the aid of the family buy paying for a fully adapted bike which Kai can ride individually and together with others. The bike costing £2000 was recently delivered to Kai.
The Wave hosts an annual fundraiser to help children across South Wales. Last year the fund raised over £35,000 and is looking to raise even more this year. Programme Director at The Wave Steve Barnes said ' It's great for the people of South Wales to get together and help raise money for people like Kai and his family who would otherwise find it incredibly difficult to raise awareness for this kind of worthy cause. Kai came and showed us his bike and had a ride around the car park. The bike is hand built to his exact specifications and it was quite moving just to seem ride alone unaided'. Leanne Lewis - Kai's mum said 'Kai had a stroke when he was just a few months old which has left him unable to do some of the things that other kids take for granted. It's made a tremendous difference to the entire family knowing that we can go out like others have. It's been so frustrating being so close to the seafront at Aberavon and not being able to take Kai out on his bike'.
Money was raised for the appeal from the generosity of local companies who donated items for the On Air auction and the general public who bought them last December
Watch this video to see how much he liked his new bike.