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Bikers hit the road to help Corey walk
MOTORCYLISTS hit the road yesterday to raise money for an operation which will allow six-year-old Corey Cummings to walk unaided.
A convoy of 20 bikes of all descriptions made its way to the legendary Ace Cafe in Stonebridge, north west London, to support the youngster, who has cerebral palsy.
Corey, of Coate Water , and his family and friends have spent the past few months raising money to help pay for an operation called a selective dorsal rhizotomy.
Since the family started fundraising just months ago, approximately £21,000 has been raised, but this will continue to ensure enough money to pay for the physiotherapy that Corey will need once the operation has been carried out.
Royal Mail driver Yvonne Cranny, who works with Corey’s grandmother, got together with colleagues and friends and family for the ride.
Yvonne, 40, from Wroughton , said: “We have quite a few bikers at the Royal Mail and we started with a few of us getting together and it grew from there.
“The turnout was really pleasing as it’s the end of the biking season and we organised it all within the space of a couple of weeks.
“We had a real mix of bikes with a Vespa, 125 bikes used by learners, tourers and cruisers. It was a brilliant atmosphere.
“Everyone was really chatty, with people who have never met before all intermingling. I can’t thank everyone who turned up enough.” Chiseldon -based telecommunications firm ATS also supported the ride, which set off from the Dorcan sorting office.
Managing director Tom Bryer was among those taking part. He said: “I saw signs for the appeal in shops in Wroughton and the bucket in Tesco so I thought it would be nice to get some of our boys involved. “It’s only a small amount of money but it will make a big difference to Corey.”
Corey, who attends Lawn Primary School, spent the summer holidays with his legs in plaster to try to stretch his knees. It is hoped that this will help the tightness behind his hamstrings, which could have prevented him from having the operation.
Corey’s mum Kelly will find out this month whether or not her son can have the operation at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. For more information visit www.thecoreycummingsfund.org.