Boy, six, able to cycle with family after help from Pidley Mountain Rescue Team

Ollie and his father john with the new trike

Ollie and his father john with the new trike - Credit: Archant

A HUNTINGDONSHIRE boy with a rare disorder can now join in with the family fun thanks to Pidley Mountain Rescue Team.

Six-year-old Ollie Oldham, who lives in Buckden has Rothmund-Thompson syndrome, a very rare disorder that affects fewer than 300 people across the world, and includes skin problems, slow growth and small stature, learning and sensory difficulties and an increased risk of cancer.

His parents said Ollie is like every other six-year-old – he’s lively and likes to get out and about but had been unable to join in with his family who are keen cyclists and like to ride around Buckden and Grafham Water.

But now, thanks to the Pidley Mountain Rescue Team, Ollie can ride in a tag-along trike which can be attached to the back of one of his parents’ bicycles.

The £570 trailer was paid for by the charity which specilises in providing equipment to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.

The trailer has already made a big impact with the Oldham Family.

Ollie’s mother Jo said: “It’s made a massive difference for us. We’re a very active family and we like to be outdoors but we had never been able to go out as a family. Ollie is an active child and he doesn’t like staying at home so it’s much better now.”

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John Blundell, Pidley Mountain Rescue team’s applications officer, said: “We’re delighted we could help Ollie and his family with the trike which is ideal for children with balance problems or additional support needs.”