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Motor World in Flint gives Connah’s Quay brain tumour patient a birthday to remember

A BRAVE teenager who battled a life-threatening condition had an extra special 17th birthday thanks to a Flint store.

Matthew Cotgrave, of Connah’s Quay, was presented with a new BMX bike from staff at Motor World on Friday.

Matthew was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year and even though he was too ill to go to lessons at Connah’s Quay High School, he still managed to pass six GCSEs.

As a result his school nominated him for a Trinity Mirror/ScottishPower Your Champions young person’s award.

And after learning of his story and determination to succeed, the Chronicle wanted to help give Matthew, a Liverpool FC fan, a birthday to remember.

Mum Kathy Cotgrave said Matthew will be on medication and have to have injections for the rest of his life, and that his condition had left him with balance problems.

Fortunately, Motor World was only too happy to help, and decided to donate the brand new bike to help him on the road to recovery.

Rick Bennett, Motor World marketing manager, said: “After hearing about Matthew’s touching story through the Flintshire Chronicle, we wanted to recognise his incredible bravery, hard work and determination by rewarding him with a new BMX bike.

“We hope the new bike will help Matthew with his rehabilitation, and we wish him continued success with his studies.”

Kathy said: “Matthew is over the moon with the bike, he is really pleased with it – receiving it on his birthday made it even better.

“We want to say a big thank you to Motor World for everything they have done, it is greatly appreciated.

“Matthew is writing a thank you later and we are going to take it into the shop in Flint.”

Matthew missed nearly all the school year to undergo treatment, which included a course of radiotherapy.

He will still have to make regular trips to hospital for scans to monitor his condition, but said he is committed to furthering his education.