Coady Hart’s sisters say he’s always had a massive heart – for a boy, that is.
But last week the 12-year-old surprised everyone with a gesture of such kindness that even his doting big sisters didn’t see coming.
Increasing health concerns meant Coady’s mum needed to have cataracts removed, but she reluctantly told the family she couldn’t go ahead with the operation because of the cost.
The softly-spoken racing enthusiast had saved for months for his very own PitPro125cc motorbike, a prize he’d owned for just three months.
He’d been waiting for the weather to warm up before he gave his new bike a proper work-out.
But without his mum knowing, without his sisters finding out, Coady placed his bike for sale online last Monday.
By Sunday, he’d sold it and organised a trailer to deliver it to the buyer. He then used the cash to pay for his mum’s operation.
“I was blown away,” mum Lisa Radnell said. “I’m just so proud of him.”
Coady said his reason for selling the bike was simple: family comes first.
“The bike was good, but mum’s eyes were more important.”
Ms Radnell said she was shocked her son was so worried about her situation.
“It had obviously been playing on his mind,” she said. “I was pretty upset because that shouldn’t be something a child should be worried about.”
“For a 12-year-old to come up with that, sell it, organise the trailer – it’s unbelievable,” she said.
Sister Ebony Radnell, 17, said her brother’s kind-hearted gesture was just the latest example of Coady’s generosity.
“He’s got a big heart for a boy,” she said. “Anytime he’s got a bit of pocket money left over, he’ll always think about us girls before himself.”
Maddy Radnell, 15, agreed her brother “always puts other people before himself”.
The family now plans to save up for another motorbike and have already been offered a discount from a local dealer.
As for Coady, he’s just happy his mum is doing better. “But I’m still hoping to do a bit of riding this summer,” he said.