Cheeko gives the thumbs up for Tyler’s ‘new wheels’

Carelton Primary School pupil Tyler McLelland receives his new �16k wheelchair alongside mum  and dad Emma and Leishman
Carelton Primary School pupil Tyler McLelland receives his new �16k wheelchair alongside mum and dad Emma and Leishman
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THE world’s his oyster now for Carleton Primary School youngster Tyler McLelland, thanks to his new state-of-the-art wheelchair.

And it’s all down to the big hearted children’s charity Variety Club of Scotland.

Tyler’s new set of ‘wheels’ now allows the seven-year-old the chance to be included in all aspects of school life and has helped him participate in various sports and other extra curricular activities for the first time.

Members of the Variety Club were on hand to present him with his new motorised wheelchair last week and were given a helping hand by Fife Provost Jim Leishman and Cheeko the Clown, much to the amusement of Tyler and his school pals.

Mum Emma Gove told the Gazette she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the charity and by the continued support given by the school.

“It’s just fantastic, this new chair will help transform Tyler’s life.

“He’s an outgoing boy who want to be included in everything anyway and now having this will help him to play outside with his friends and join in so much more that he ever could before.

“I can’t thank the Variety Club staff enough for funding this”, said Emma.

Following the presentation, pupils performed a specially prepared song while Cheeko the clown danced and amused the assembly.

Variety Club’s appeals officer Andrew Horne told the Gazette it had been an easy decision to grant the family the new wheelchair.

“We were told about Tyler and how at his age he needed to upgrade to a new chair and how it would help him to integrate even more within his school.

“This is exactly what the charity is all about, so while it may seem like a lot of money it really was not a hard decision to help Tyler in whatever way we could”, said Andrew.
Fife Provost Jim Leishman was also quick to praise the efforts saying: “It’s humbling to be here and witness first hand how a youngster’s life can be changed,

“Not only is it great for Tyler , it’s also great to see the rest of the kids and their reactions, and let’s not forget it will make life so much easier for mum and dad, Emna and Mark too.”