Bikers reduce lad’s mum to tears with a £500 donation

FLYING VISIT Sara and Gevun Farrell at the Queen's Head pub in Gosport for a fundraiser for their son Aiden, front, who has cerebral palsy. The Eagle Riders dropped in to give a surprise �500 donation. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (123040-2)
FLYING VISIT Sara and Gevun Farrell at the Queen's Head pub in Gosport for a fundraiser for their son Aiden, front, who has cerebral palsy. The Eagle Riders dropped in to give a surprise �500 donation. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (123040-2)

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JAWS dropped as a bunch of burly bikers rode up to a day of fundraising for a youngster with cerebral palsy.

But it soon turned out that the members of the Eagle Riders were there to help two-year-old Aiden Farrell and his family.

HAPPY The Farrells, with family and friends. (123040-1)

HAPPY The Farrells, with family and friends. (123040-1)

They had brought with them a cheque for £500 towards the £5,000 his family needs to get him Botox injection treatment done privately.

The injections would ease muscle cramps and reduce pain so he can walk better.

But there is a 12-month wait for the treatment on the NHS as there is only one hospital in the region offering it.

The Eagle Riders arrived as a surprise at the end of a family day at the Queen’s Head on Brockhurst Road in Gosport.

Dozens of people had turned up to enjoy an afternoon of face-painting, a bouncy castle, a raffle, barbecue, and games.

Mum Sara Farrell, of Grange Crescent in Gosport, said: ‘I wasn’t expecting that at all, it was absolutely amazing.

‘When they arrived my friend grabbed my hand and said: “There are some guys who want to meet you” and she took me outside where they were with all their bikes. I couldn’t stop crying.

‘My friend counted up the notes from the day and it’s already £1,400, plus there’s the coins.

‘It was an incredible day and the pub was so helpful.’

Dad Gevun Farrell added: ‘We’re completely overwhelmed.’

Tony Oakshott of the Eagle Riders said he said the Farrell’s story in The News’ sister paper The Journal.

‘We had a committee meeting that night,’ he said.

‘We had a little bit of money in the pot, and it was better for it to be in someone’s account who needed it.’

Sara’s brother Andrew Morgan 29, from Uplands Crescent in Fareham, got himself waxed and let others pay a £1 a time to pull a strip off him.

He said: ‘It would mean the world to me to see Aiden walk properly.’

Grandad Dennis Morgan, 66, of Grange Crescent, added: ‘The support everyone has given Aiden has been incredible.

‘Sara has been getting quite stressed, wondering if it was going to come together, but it’s been fantastic.

‘But it’s a shame we have to go to this extreme to get some help for Aiden.’

And Aiden’s aunt Vanessa Caldicott, 45, came down from London for the day. She’s doing a sponsored swim to help the cause.

She said: ‘I work for Radian Housing with adults who have learning difficulties, and some of them have cerebral palsy as well, so it’s something close to my heart.’