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Mum overwhelmed by support for son Alex

Alex Frizelle who has congenital neuromuscular disease is donated a �1200 bike by KJB Flooring of Cramlington and seen with Alex are (left to right) Jodie Balmain, Nick Sutton and Kevin Balmain of KJB Flooring and Michelle Frizelle-Alex's mother.
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Alex Frizelle who has congenital neuromuscular disease is donated a �1200 bike by KJB Flooring of Cramlington and seen with Alex are (left to right) Jodie Balmain, Nick Sutton and Kevin Balmain of KJB Flooring and Michelle Frizelle-Alex's mother. REF 1405142123

A flooring company has stumped up the money to buy a four-year-old boy a specialist bike.

Alex Frizelle, from Cramlington, was born with Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (CMS).

Diagnosed at eight months old, it means he is unable to walk or stand unaided.

If left undiagnosed, less than 20 per cent of children survive past their first birthday.

Alex’s mum Michelle said: “Because of his muscle weakness, he can’t support himself in a child seat on a bicycle.

“I found a bicycle which has a fully supportive child seat up front, meaning I could see him constantly while I pedal.”

Michelle set about fundraising for the £1,200 needed to buy the bike, which had to be imported from America.

But Cramlington company KJB Flooring, based on the Admiral Business Park, heard about Michelle’s situation and stepped in and offered to pay for the bike outright.

Kevin Balmain, from KJB Flooring, said: “My brother Alan suffered from a rare terminal illness and local businesses contributed to raise money to buy him a tandem bike when we were children.

“It was such a kind gesture that I always said if I was able to do the same for someone then I would.

“Cramlington and the surrounding areas have supported our business over the years and we wanted to be able to help. Just seeing how happy it has made him has made it all worthwhile.”

Cramlington Northburn Slimming World group has also been fundraising for Alex, and members raised enough to buy a wheelchair, swing set and walking aids.

Michelle said: “I’m absolutely over the moon at how generous everyone has been.”

 

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