LITTLE Lucas Town is the man about town now thanks to his new wheelchair.
The four-year-old has taken delivery of a special wheelchair to help him get about.
He is too old for a pushchair, but his family were told he may have to wait up to six months for a wheelchair because of NHS funding problems.
However, after a story in the Examiner last month the NHS told his family they would fund it instead of placing him on a six-month waiting list.
And little Lucas took delivery of the wheelchair this week.
His mum Gail, of Waterloo, said: “He loves it already.
“In the first day he learnt how the brakes worked and how to manoeuvre it himself.
“It’s a wheelchair we can push but is also self-propelled, so it gives him the independence to do it himself.
“He’s loved telling me how to work it and he thinks it’s hilarious and just wants to do it all himself.
“It’s made him feel grown up, he had outgrown the pram.”
Lucas, a pupil at Rowley Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School, was told he’d have to wait six months for a wheelchair due to a stretched NHS.
He relied on a special buggy to get around and faced using it beyond his 5th birthday in February.
Gail and family were overwhelmed with offers from Examiner readers to buy Lucas a wheelchair, but they chose the NHS as they could make the adaptations if needed.
Gail added: “The carer who came to adjust everything was brilliant, I can’t fault her at all.
“We’re thankful to everyone who helped us.”
Gail said he will use the walker at school, but the wheelchair will mean he won’t get tired on trips out.
Lucas and his twin brother Reuben contracted meningitis when they were born 13 weeks prematurely in February 2007.
The deadly illness sadly claimed the life of his twin Reuben, but Lucas battled on and spent 15 weeks in the special baby care unit.
He suffered a bleed on the brain, which caused him to develop cerebral palsy.
He can only walk with a special frame, but now has more independence thanks to the wheelchair.