Brave William is defying the odds

A charity bike ride in aid of William Ryder.
A charity bike ride in aid of William Ryder.
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A youngster from Balby has defied the odds and is beginning to learn to walk - despite his parents being told he would never be able to.

William Ryder, aged two and a half, of Farmley Road, was born 13 weeks premature in 2011, weighing just 1lb and 3oz.

His mum Michelle, aged 38, said: “He has just started crawling which is a massive achievement and his physiotherapist has given him a walking frame.

“We were told he would never sit up so to see him cruising the furniture is fantastic, he’s a little monkey.”

To say thank you to those who helped William on the road to recovery, Michelle and her 60-year-old dad David Galley recently completed a 220-mile sponsored cycle between Sheffield and London, raising over £4,500.

She added: “It was tough and very challenging but it was great to complete it.”

The money has been donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Tooting, a facility which provides free accommodation for families who have children being treated at St George’s Hospital in south London and the neo-natal unit at St George’s Hospital and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Michelle also thanked her nearby One-Stop shop which has raised a further £500 through raffles and scratch cards.