A local man’s dream of a more mobile life is within tantalising reach - thanks to a surprise donation from a Skegness group at the weekend.
Steven Huckle suffers from osteoporosis, brittle bone syndrome and muscular dystrophy.
He and his parents have been raising funds for a specialist wheelchair worth £12,500 which will help him to stand again and also increase his independence.
And the local community has rallied to his side,helping the Huckles to raise thousands of pounds at a whole host of charity events - including on one spectacular occasion, a charity double-decker bus pull down Lumley Road last spring.
Such generosity left the family within grasp of their total.
And, Christmas came early for Steven on Saturday night, when the Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Skegness surprised him and his family with a cheque for £2,265 to take the family to their initial goal.
Steven’s mum Dot, explained that the club had encouraged the family to attend, without telling them why.
“Someone got up on stage and I thought ‘Oh, what’s happening?’ and they called us up.
“Steven waited until he came home and then he went ‘Whoopie!’ - it took us half and hour to calm him down.”
Dot added that the manufacturer of the chair will be stopping by early in the new year to take Steven’s measurements.
She also thanked the Ex-Servicemen’s Club and everyone in Skegness for their help.
Although the chair total has now been reached, the Huckles will be holding a number of additional fundraisers to cover insurance costs for the chair.