Bike boost for disabled tot

26th October 2011'The Richard Tennant Memorial Fund has raised cash to buy three-year-old Ellis Furmston a tricycle.'Pictured R/L: with Ellis is Nina Furmston and Rebecca Tennant from the charity.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
26th October 2011'The Richard Tennant Memorial Fund has raised cash to buy three-year-old Ellis Furmston a tricycle.'Pictured R/L: with Ellis is Nina Furmston and Rebecca Tennant from the charity.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

BRAVE youngster Ellis Furmston – who has epilepsy and cerebral palsy – can ride in style thanks to a new tricycle from a memorial charity.

The Pontefract three-year-old, who was born with the conditions, was given a new set of wheels by the Richard Tennant Memorial Charity to help his leg and muscle development.

The fund was set up by the family of 24-year-old Richard Tennant, who fell down the stairs at his home on Holywell Grove, Glass Houghton, in January 2008.

Since it was launched shortly after his death, it has raised more than £60,000 for charities and community projects across the Five Towns.

Richard’s sister Becky, who helps run the charity, said: “We are so happy to have been able to provide this tricycle for Ellis.

“He’s always got a smile on his face and this has increased since he got the trike.

“We thought it was unfair that Ellis’ family should have to find £1,300 to buy the bike so we are happy to be able to help.”

The charity will be hosting events at Christmas at Bowlplex, Castleford, when it will treat 160 children to a bowling party. It also hopes to hold a number of Christmas carol concerts at sheltered housing complexes.

It has also funded the winter kits for Castleford Town’s under eights football team, continuing its sponsorship link with the club.

Richard’s brother Andy Tennant, who also runs the charity, added: ‘We are really pleased to continue our link to the football teams in our community and wish the team well.”

Visit www.richard tennantmemorialcharity.webs.com for more information about the charity.