A SCHOOLBOY left devastated by the theft of his bike has had his own happy ending after a stranger treated him to a new one.
Little Kaillum McDermont, eight, was thrilled when he won the bike after entering an Echo competition by writing a letter to Santa.
But his joy turned to despair when cruel thieves struck, taking the bike from the front garden of his Town End Farm home.
Although he entered the competition before Christmas he had only had the bike for a couple of weeks when his happiness was crushed.
Kaillum’s mum Lynsey, 30, spoke of her son’s devastation at his loss and how he felt isolated from his friends without it.
But a kind-hearted stranger, who does not wish to be named, contacted the Echo after reading about Kaillum’s plight and offered to buy him a bike.
And now the over-joyed Town End Academy pupil is back in the saddle.
“Kaillum is over the moon,” Lynsey, who also has daughters Demi, 12, and Millie, five, and a three year-old son, Layton. “He loves his bike and can’t believe the kindness of a stranger. He even took him to McDonald’s for lunch before he took him to Halford’s to buy a bike and helmet.” In Kaillum’s winning letter to Santa, the youngster had also wished for a bar of chocolate for his grandma and for a new heart for his grandad.
“The man bought his nanna two bars of chocolate,” Lynsey, 30, said. “But he said he was sorry that the only thing he couldn’t do was fix his grandad’s poorly heart. We are all over the moon, there is nothing we could possibly say to thank him for his kindness.”