Bikers across Torbay have banded together to buy an iPad and accessories for a brave Bay teenager who recently underwent surgery to remove a quarter of her brain.
Tiana, 14, underwent the surgery in a bid to stop terrible seizures. This is on top of her having cerebral palsy, autism, visual impairment and other significant health issues.
Tiana’s mum asked Torbay Bikers for Kids for an iPad with headphiones, together with a special fitment that will attach it to her wheelchair.
Torbay Bikers for Kids is a small, charitable not-for-profit community fundraising group of bikers, trikers and motorcycle enthusiasts who volunteer their time to raise money to buy items that will help improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in Torbay, South Devon and the surrounding area.
The group’s patron is Torquay’s Janette Tough, who found fame with her husband Ian as ‘Wee Jimmy Krankie’, one half of the comedy duo The Krankies.
Since it was formed in 2017, Torbay Bikers for Kids has helped 74 sick, disabled or disadvantaged children by buying items for them that will help improve their lives. To date, £16,460.41 has been spent on these gifts from the funds raised.
A spokesman for Torbay Bikers for Kids said: “The coronavirus pandemic is financially effecting many charities & fundraising groups. But we will continue helping local children.”
Other local children who have also benefited recently from the bikers’ generosity include:
• Birthday girl Lacie received an extra present in the middle of her party – when a group of fundraising bikers arrived with a special gift.
Lacie, who was celebrating her 12th birthday, has learning difficulties and is currently undergoing assessment for autism, which her older brother has.
Lacie loves the water and even has a wetsuit, so mum asked if Torbay Bikers for Kids could buy her a paddle board.
Members of the bikers’ group delivered it during her birthday party and she was delighted.
Now Lacie can paddle board with her older brother, as the bikers bought one for him last year.
• Five-year-old Noah has autism and communication delay. His mum asked the bikers to buy him a Nintendo Switch, which would help calm him when needed together with helping his social interaction with family and friends.
• Nine-year-old Anna-Lease has autism, sensory processing difficulties and DCD memory processing. Her mum asked if Torbay Bikers for Kids could buy her a Nintendo Switch so she could improve socialising with her siblings, interaction skills, memory and co-ordination.
Meanwhile, Torquay Freemasons made a much-appreciated donation to the bikers.
The Worshipful Master of St John’s Lodge No 328, Torquay, presented Sue Kray with a donation which will be used to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged local children.
Sue said: “We thank them very much for their generosity.”
For details, log on to www.gofundme.com/support-torbay-bikers-for-kids