A boy from Liverpool has become the first child to benefit from funds raised from Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour.

Zeid, age 6, has Russell Silver Syndrome which results in growth and development delays. It requires him to have support to engage in even simple activities. Just playing and cycling, that most children take for granted, are difficult for Zeid.

He was presented with a specially adapted Tomcat Trike funded by Stonegate Pub Company as part of BBPT in aid of Variety. The trike, which has a sophisticated gear system and offers enhanced postural support, will enable Zeid to pedal independently, something he longs to do.

Each of the 620 pubs and bars from the award-winning Stonegate Pub Company are taking part in Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour (BBPT), by organizing fundraising events galore to raise money for Variety. As well as hosting fun events at the pubs, across towns and cities from the Isle of Wight to Inverness, a giant BBPT passport is journeying 5,555 miles throughout the UK visiting each Stonegate business, by an assortment of unique and entertaining methods of transport.

Zeid and his family joined the team at Yates’s in Concert Square, Liverpool on Saturday (5th July) as the BBPT Passport made its way through the City. Welcoming Zeid, his twin sister Farah and his parents were Tim Edwards and Stewart Draper, area managers from Stonegate Pub Company, Holly Roberts general Manager at Yates’s and Eileen Smith and Graham Carnall, representatives from Variety.

Toby Smith, Chief Executive, Stonegate Pub Company said:

“We are delighted to support Zeid by funding this specially adapted trike for him. It is children up and down the UK just like Zeid for whom our pubs and customers are fundraising so enthusiastically. We are particularly thrilled to see children benefit in the communities where our pubs are. Our initial target of raising £100,000 for Variety, the Children’s Charity has already been exceeded and we are only in week seven of the nineteen weeks of Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour.”

Zeid’s parents Luma and Khalid said:

‘Zeid can’t wait to get his new Tomcat Trike up and running. It will make a huge difference to his life, and he can’t wait to get out on it to play with his friends. We’re hugely grateful for the support of Variety and the hard work and passion that Stonegate has shown. It really is the perfect start to Zeid’s summer holidays.’

The passport will continue its tour around the country culminating with a spectacular party at Slug and Lettuce, Tower Bridge on Friday 26 September.

Zeid with his twin sister Farah, mum Luma, dad Khalid, Stonegate Area Managers Stewart Draper and Tim Edwards, Yates’s General Manager Holly Roberts and Variety Vice Chairman Graham Carnall.

Zeid with Yates’s staff members Emma Lamb, Becky Speed, General Manager Holly Roberts, Amy Owen, Wesley Oglesby, Amy Turner, Jenny Price, Lisa Alderson, Amy Routledge, Courtney Carey, Lisa Darley and Jenny Croxton.

Yates’s staff members and Zeid along with Variety North West Committee Member Eileen Smith.