Christmas has come early for schoolboy Craig Riley- thanks to his little sister.
Christ The King Catholic High School pupil Lorell turned Good Samaritan when her brother had the bike he used to get to and from school stolen by donating one she won in a school competition.
The 12-year-old was the lucky first prize winner in a competition organised by staff at the Lawrence Avenue School in Frenchwood and was offered the choice of an iPad or a BMX bike.
Staff were bowled over by her kindness when Lorell chose the bike and handed it over to her brother.
Personalised learning co-ordinator Sandra Newton said: “During Global Enterprise Week held a competition in which the Key Stage Three pupils were all offered a chance of winning big prizes ie. iPad, bike or high street vouchers (sponsored by Gallagher Ltd).
They had to obtain stickers on a passport to go into the prize draw.
“The first name pulled out had the option of the big prizes. When she came up on stage and was asked which prize she would like, she very quietly said that she would like the bike so that she could give it her brother who had recently had his stolen.
“This response choked us all up on the stage, particularly the ladies from Gallagher’s who were presenting the prizes.”
In fact. one of the women presenting the prizes on behalf of the water firm was so taken by Lorell’s kindness she contacted school afterwards and said another bike would be delivered - for Lorrell.
Lorell said: “My brother had his bike stolen so I wanted him to have it so we can cycle to school together.
“We have to get four buses a day and it costs £5 so it is better on our bikes.”
Brother Craig was delighted with the gift and both bikes are now fitted with secure locks.
Lorell said: “He said thanks and my mum said she was really proud of me.”
Totally unfazed by her kindness, Lorell promptly gave her old bike to her younger sister Chloe, so next year when she moves up to Christ The King all three can cycle in from their Ashton home together.
Mrs Newtown said: “It was a really nice thing for her to day and in the true spirit of Christmas and I don’t think many young people who have done this!.”