Generations of people have had ‘bikes’ on their birthday wish lists, but not many end up celebrating their special day with a whole convoy of them, complete with leather-clad riders.
But that’s what happened to Chantelle, when members of a Torbay bikers club turned up to make her 22nd birthday extra special.
Chantelle, who has learning difficulties, lives at Harbour in Cleveland Road, Torquay, a home which provides services for younger adults with profound or multiple learning disabilities and communication difficulties.
It is run by the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and specialist residential services in the UK for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.
A support worker at the home, Terry Rogers, is a member of The Fallen, a local motorcycle club, and he organised the birthday treat for Chantelle.
Lucy Tempest, Service Manager at Harbour, said: “Chantelle had been talking about her birthday for several months before the day, and she had also been showing a new interest in Terry’s bike club.
“When Terry suggested that members of the club might be able to drive by and see her, she was very excited.”
Not only did around 15 bikers show up to wish Chantelle a happy birthday, but they also presented her with a ‘Fallen’ T-shirt, mug and a birthday card.
Lucy said: “Chantelle really appreciated a fuss being made of her birthday. She keeps her mug and T-shirt in her room to keep them safe, and talks from time to time about how much she enjoyed the visit.
“Chantelle is a happy, smiley, person who is very helpful, and wants to be liked, and this visit made her smile even more.
“Her fellow residents also enjoyed the visit, and we are grateful to Terry and his biker club colleagues for helping to make Chantelle’s birthday extra special.”