LITTLE Aiden Farrell’s hopes of a better life have been given a huge boost thanks to darts players in Gosport.
The brave two-year-old suffers from cerebral palsy and his loving family are raising cash to help ease the pain he faces on a daily basis.
Aiden endures chronic muscle pain in his legs as a result of the illness and his parents Sara and Gevun, of Grange Crescent, Gosport, want the youngster to have Botox injections to ease the cramps.
The News first reported Aiden’s plight in August and generous readers were quick to pledge their support.
And his parents’ calls for help were answered by Keith Palmer, of the Gosport Royal Naval Association.
He organised a fundraising darts evening at the Gosport RNA Club in Fareham Road, Gosport, and between 150 and 180 came through the doors to help Aiden’s family reach their goal. Around 50 darts players from across the town took part in 19 matches, raising almost £1,400.
Mr Palmer, 66, said: ‘I asked the landlady of the Foresters Arms, Lorna Hylands, who could benefit from the money.
‘This year we wanted it to be a bit more personal and if we ran it we wanted to be updated with the lad’s progress.
‘He’s got cerebral palsy and I wanted to rejuvenate the darts match again. It was a good evening all round and the collection was ideal.
‘It certainly is going to go a long way from just one night.
‘When we spoke to people at first I said if we collected around £500 it would be wonderful but when it came back that we raised that amount it shocked us all.
‘It shows how generous the darts fraternity is in Gosport.’
Aiden’s mum Sara said: ‘We are completely overwhelmed by how many people put in their own time to fundraise for Aiden. It’s fantastic.
‘People have been absolutely lovely and generous. They don’t know us yet they are doing it for my little boy. It was a fantastic night. The atmosphere was great and people would come up to speak to Aiden.’
She added the family has raised £6,000 since their pleas were reported by The News, and Aiden has an pre-Botox assessment next week.
She said: ‘It will make life a lot easier for him. There is a percentage of children that it doesn’t work on but hopefully that won’t be the case for Aiden. There are so many people I would like to thank. I cannot thank them enough.
‘Words cannot express how thankful I am.’