1. ITV Report

Cardiff schoolboy Seth Burke defies medics by learning to ride a bike

A five-year-old boy from Cardiff has stunned everyone by learning to pedal a trike - after his parents were warned he almost certainly never would.

Seth Burke suffers from the progressive muscle-weakening condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, meaning he is unable to pedal a standard bicycle.

But when staff at The Hardwick restaurant in Abergavenny heard his story, they organised a sponsored 50-mile bike ride across the Brecon Beacons, raising enough money for a bespoke trike for Seth.

Staff at The Hardwick restaurant in Abergavenny, including chef/owner Stephen Terry (centre) rode 50 miles to raise money for Seth's trike Credit: Jamie O'Leary

The £2,500 three-wheeler, made by specialist manufacturers Tomcat Trikes, is lightweight and specially-geared to allow Seth to pedal with relative ease.

Since being given the trike - which is painted in his favourite colour blue - Seth has been happily tearing around his local park with younger brother Reggie.

Some men made it for me and when it was finished they gave it to me. I'm happy - I like it because I can stop and go.

– Seth Burke

Parents Lisa and John Burke told ITV News they are still amazed at the kindness of the restaurant staff, whom they only met for the first time at the finish line of the bike ride.

The Burke family met the kind-hearted trio for the first time at the end of their fundraising cycle Credit: Jamie O'Leary

It came completely out of the blue - we weren't expecting it at all.

If it hadn't been for them being as kind as they were, we certainly wouldn't have had the bike - because there's no way we could have afforded it.

– Lisa Burke, Seth's mother

The ride was organised by sous-chef Jamie O'Leary, who said he felt compelled to do something to help Seth - despite not knowing the family personally at that point.

"My wife was pregnant at the time and you can't put yourself in the position that Lisa and John have been in," he said.

"I was a bit more sensitive to it at the time, obviously, and anything we could do to help we were happy to do."

Renowned Welsh chef Stephen Terry was one of the three cyclists who took part in the fundraising ride for Seth.

He told ITV News: "I've got three children of my own. To do something to help a young person... for me, that's what life is all about. I'd have crawled it."

Seth's father John told ITV News the feeling of watching his young son pedalling off for the first time was something he would never forget.

I had a massive lump in my throat. Just to see the big smile on his face and to see him actually whizzing off on [the trike] was really quite emotional.

– John Burke