A RHYL family can finally enjoy sharing quality time together following the arrival of long awaited, life changing equipment.

After a successful summer fundraising campaign, Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn pupil Kieran Ellison has received his specialist TomCat therapy trike to help combat social isolation, give him greater mobility and allow him to join his family on walks and bike rides.

Kieran, 15, has a combination of autism, hyper mobility, dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder which make it difficult for him to walk very far without pain and unable to ride a two wheel bike. The trike offers a range of features which would make it possible for Kieran to cycle alongside his family.

Cheryl Ellison, Kieran's mum said: "Unfortunately Kieran wasn’t feeling well on the day of delivery so he only had photos taken riding up and down the street.

"We’re looking forward to getting him out along Rhyl promenade and around Marine Lake. The trike also fits nicely in our car so we’re excited about taking him places we couldn’t before."

Mrs Ellison began raising the £3,621 for the trike on Wednesday, June 5, achieving her goal on Sunday, August 25.

To raise funds, Mrs Ellison and supporters of the cause held a variety of events across the 11 week period including a 'ladies night' at Cheers Sports and Show Bar in Rhyl featuring drag performer Serenity Royal, 'festival face' by Ashley Jones and Ann Summers Ambassador Liz McDermott. A Belief Fundraising Group event saw 15 cyclists riding to Pensarn, Colwyn Bay or Llandudno from the Mayquay in Kinmel Bay.

A charity football match between Rhyl Allstars and Llanelwy Athletic FC helped add to the total, and the family also raised £400 from a football scratch card.

Mrs Ellison added "It’ll be a while before Kieran can manage cycling trips with us, but we’ll have fun working him up to it and strengthening his legs. We know it’s not going to be easy for him but it’s definitely going to be worth it.

"It means everything to us that Kieran can now enjoy being outdoors with us on things like family walks and picnics."