CANCER-stricken crime victim Tyler Reid may get to Legoland after all, thanks to the generosity of well-wishers.
After The Wigan Evening Post reported that most of a collection for the five-year-old’s dream trip had been stolen, bosses at the Windsor tourist attraction have offered to help out.
A spokesman said they need to speak with Tyler’s parents, Kerry Hamer and Anthony Reid, to work out how best they can help, and hopes are now high he will go on his trip after all.
Readers have also come forward to pledge support after learning of the callous theft from The Avenue pub in Norley,
The news was particularly poignant to Michaela Dodd, whose two-year-old son, Daniel, of Lowton, has terminal cancer and she has also been fund-raising to give him the best experiences.
She has offered to donate some of the money raised through Imagine Day Nursery. Michaela said: “My son has the same type of cancer and unfortunately has been diagnosed as terminal. Since this, his nursery have set up a fund called Supporting Daniel and have raised lots of money to send our family on various trips.
“This has made a great difference to us and I would like to use the fund to pay for Tyler and his family to go to Legoland. It is a gift from Daniel to Tyler.”
Kerry said: “People have been really kind. Because people know what has happened, they have been quick to help out and we are so grateful for what they are doing.”
Anthony said: “It is shocking what has happened and I am glad people know.
“We are so thankful for everyone’s help and now it means Tyler and his brother and sister can stay for a few days at Legoland and they will have an excellent time.
“Everyone has made Tyler go from being a sad little boy, to a happy one.
“People have also been dropping money off at Tyler’s school - St John’s Primary - and freight transport firm Wigan Tippers Ltd has also given a donation.
“My cousin is also organising a charity event on February 22 at St Cuthbert’s Rugby Club.”
Travel agent Kathy Kay, of Independent Travel Experts, posted a new link from the Evening Post’s website on her Facebook page, which has sparked interest.
She said: “My dad is terminally ill with cancer and my daughter went to Imagine Day Nursery where Daniel Dodd goes to, and so Tyler’s story has touched my heart.”
Tyler was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma - a tissue cancer - in March, and he has been in and out of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where he receives chemotherapy.