A TETBURY schoolboy can ride bikes with his friends again thanks to a Gloucestershire company.

Nine-year-old Lewis Munday suffers from spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, which causes stiffness in his legs and forces him to use a walker or a wheelchair to get around.

Although the football-mad Arsenal fan’s classmates at St Mary’s Primary School were due to go on a cycle training course, he was told he would not be able to take part as his three-wheeler only had one brake.

However, when Gloucester-based Tomcat Trikes, which makes tricycles for disabled children and adults, heard about his plight, they stepped up to the plate and fitted a second brake for free.

Mum Louise Ponting said she was delighted Lewis had been able to take part in the Bikeability course run by Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership.

“Lewis was really looking forward to doing the cycling course with his schoolmates so we’re very grateful that Tomcat Trikes have been able to help,” she said.

“We also want to say a big thanks to Alex Wall who has promised to come back especially and finish cycle training with Lewis.”

John Poole of Tomcat Trikes said he was pleased the company was able to help Lewis get back in the saddle.

“Nearly all of our products are sold to people who don’t ride on the road so we’re really happy to see how well Lewis has developed since he got his trike a couple of years ago,” he said.

In February Louise launched a campaign to raise £35,000 to pay for a selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure which could allow her son to walk and run around with his twin brother Jack and friends, which is currently 40 per cent towards its target.

To donate to Lewis’ campaign visit justgiving.com/lewis-munday1