Aiden Fest raises thousands for young boy’s treatment

OVERWHELMED Sara Farrell appreciates the fundraising for her son Aiden, 5          Picture: Sarah Standing (150768-6026)
OVERWHELMED Sara Farrell appreciates the fundraising for her son Aiden, 5 Picture: Sarah Standing (150768-6026)

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Gosport Rotary Club has raised money for a young boy with cerebral palsy.

Aiden Farrell was diagnosed with the condition at 14 months old, after being born at just 29 weeks, and weighing only 3lbs 3oz.

We’re completely overwhelmed with the support for Aiden from the public. I really appreciate it

Sara Farrell

The five-year-old needs funds for private physiotherapy twice a week, and so he can visit MP Fitness in Scotland for strength and conditioning, both of which the NHS is unable to provide.

Rotarian Mike Pearse, owner of the Old Lodge Alverstoke, was the host of Aiden Fest – a mini music festival which raised just over £2,000.

The music was combined with a host of entertainments, such as sumo wrestling, face painting and apple bobbing.

Club member Malcolm Dent told The News: ‘We advertised the event and lots of people turned up.

‘It was a fabulous day and a great success. Aiden thoroughly enjoyed it and loved having his face painted.

‘His treatment is so expensive that every now and then we think of ways of raising money. We’ve helped him before.’

The event was supported by eight acts, who all gave their time and effort for free on the sunny day.

Aiden’s mum, Sara, said: ‘We’re completely overwhelmed with the support for Aiden from the public. I really appreciate it.’

Gomer Infants School also held a fundraising event at the beginning of the month, where another £2,000 was raised for Aiden when pupils took part in a sponsored walk, with pit stops for activities.

Sara added: ‘The children absolutely loved it. They got a medal and a certificate at the end of the day, their faces were a picture. A big part of it was about the kids having fun.

‘Combined with the Aiden Fest funds, the money raised is almost enough for five months of private physiotherapy for Aiden so we are very thankful.’

Aiden is going back to Scotland in August for two weeks of strength and conditioning, and is still having physiotherapy weekly.

Sara said: ‘He’s doing really well considering he’s been poorly.’