THE courage of a Bolton youngster so impressed a sports coach, that she is to bike over 200 miles for him.
Barnsley FC inter-school community coach Natalie Allen, who lives at Thurnscoe, will be joined by special needs teacher Neil Richardson in a 227 mile sponsored bike ride this summer.
They hope to raise cash towards a special wheelchair for Kaden Bramley, who has spinal muscular atrophy and faces a major operation next week.
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice will also benefit.
Kaden, ten, of Crofton Drive, faces problems with muscle degeneration. He needs to have steel rods placed in his back, to help support his body and ease pressure on his lungs.
Already wheelchair bound, the Highgate Junior School pupil will then need an adapted electric wheelchair as he recovers from his seven to nine hour operation.
Natalie, 21, formed a special bond with Kaden when he joined her for Saturday morning football at Barnsley.
Playing with an enlarged ball, he became a skilled player, particularly in goal, said Natalie. But Kaden’s condition worsened until he could no longer make the sessions.
Natalie said: ““Kaden touches my heart. He’s so enthusiastic and was a great Saturday morning goalie for us. His spirit and confidence lift others and I just wanted to support him.
“There’s nothing he won’t have a go at.”
Natalie, who formerly worked at Sheffield Wednesday FC, helped to organise a bike cum wheelchair adaptation for Kaden, and following a day at the Owls’ ground, players who met Kaden visited to cycle around Manvers lake with him.
Natalie hopes the youngster may now join her and Neil for a short stretch on the third day of their sponsored ride from Southport to Hornsea between August 20 and 23.
Kaden lives with his mum Melanie, 29, and four younger brothers. The family are desperate for surgery to succeed on May 17, as Kaden’s first operation, on April 19, was cancelled last minute. It was decided in January that Kaden’s potentially life-changing operation was an urgent issue. To support Natalie, visit http://www.442appeal.yolasite.com/