Autistic Aaron Gets An American Buddy Bike

A DRIFFIELD boy who suffers from autism and epilepsy has been given a whole new lease of life, thanks to a state-of-the-art bike which is one of only four in the country.

Unlike many boys his age Aaron Sugden, 11, of Woldholme Avenue, has never been able to ride a bike with ease owing to severe learning disabilities, autism and epilepsy which means he has no sense of danger and is incredibly vulnerable when out on the road.

But after his parents, John and June Sugden, applied to the Yorkshire Variety Club for help Aaron is now the proud owner of a Buddy Bike which has been imported from America at a total cost of around 1,000.

A Buddy Bike is a specially adapted bicycle designed for two that steers from the rear, meaning that Aaron can pedal along with a sense of independence while his adult companion remains in complete control.

**Full Story in this week's Driffield Times

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