A SIX year-old Hereford boy who cannot walk has been given the chance to play with his school friends thanks to the help of a city charity.

Ben, who has cerebral palsy, can now enjoy playtimes at Blackmarston School after Hereford Lions Club answered a plea from his carer and bought him a £1,600 specially designed trike.

The school's headteacher, Sian Bailey, said her pupil is thrilled with the new addition.

“The trike not only gives Ben some independence, but also provides him with valuable exercise for his legs," she said.

"He has quickly learnt to ride it and whizzes around everywhere. He really loves his new trike and we are grateful to the Lions for buying it for him.”

Lions Club President David Barrett said it was a privilege to make the purchase and hand it over to him during a visit to the school.

"I was particularly impressed with the wonderful care and support given to the pupils at Blackmarston, which teaches children with various disabilities," said Mr Barrett.