A Falmouth boy with cerebral palsy has been given a new tricycle to help him get mobile and join his family on cycling trips.

After securing a grant from the Falmouth and Penryn Grants Foundation and St Austell Brewery, 11 year old Oliver Bareham's dad Tim was able to buy a discounted recumbent tricycle from ICE Trikes in Falmouth.

Tim said: "It's amazing, we wouldn't have been able to afford to get this without the support of the two charities that helped us out and it means that as a family we'll be able to get out and do things again.

"As he grows older it also means that he will have the independence, because at the moment he's very reliant on us for getting around so as he gets older it's given him a chance to be more independent himself and go out with friends and do things like cycle to school."

Oliver, who is a year seven pupil at Falmouth school, was delighted with his new trike and said: "[It's] really good. We're going to Centre Parcs in a week and I'm going to ride it a lot then."

The tricycle allows the rider to lie back on a supportive seat while riding, which reduces pressure on the spine and allows people to ride for longer without pain or discomfort.

It also removes the need to stay balanced, which makes it suitable for people with movement problems like Oliver.

Patrick Selwood, technical support at ICE Trikes, said: "You can ride for longer without getting sore wrists, a sore back, a sore neck.

"As well as being fantastic for everyday cyclists, they're also fantastic for a lot of people with disabilities such as amputees or people with balance issues who can't ride a regular bike."

ICE Trikes is a Falmouth-based company that operates out of the Tregoniggie Industrial Estate and was founded in 1998, and they sell a variety of recumbent tricycles all around the world.