WHITBY schoolboy Dale Milne was able to personally thank fund-raisers for the first time when he met Whitby Art Society and the Endeavour Rotary Club on Tuesday.
Ever since a beach accident in June last year Dale has been paralysed from the neck downwards, but after returning home last month he was able to attend the cheque presentation with his parents Ian and Louise.
An art sale hosted at Sneaton Castle by the two groups in November last year managed to raise £2,054 for the Dale Milne fund.
Dad Ian said: “Dale would like to say a big thank you to the club and the art society.
“They were really nice and it was quite nice for Dale to actually be there and accept something himself. The cheque is going to the fund to buy a computer for Dale which we can purchase now.
“It’s a personal laptop for him to use, he’s progressing and adapting really well.”
The Endeavour Rotary club have also been able to assist the Great North Air Ambulance through their fund-raising efforts.
The group recently did a sponsored walk and managed to raise £1,300.
The air ambulance crew remembered Dale’s rescue and club spokesperson Sue Morton said: “They were delighted to have news of him and hear of his progress.
“A great co-incidence and we were delighted to be able to thank the air ambulance for the great work they do.”