A FAMILY hoping to pay for specialist surgery for their six-year-old son were left stunned by a mystery £5,000 donation.
Harvey Telford, who lives in Fratton, needs £40,000 for an operation for his cerebral palsy that is not available to him through the NHS.
Following a story in The News about Harvey and his family’s fundraising at the end of last year, a reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent a cheque for £5,000.
Jamielee Telford, Harvey’s mum, said: ‘It is brilliant.
‘It’s really got our total up.
‘We have raised just over £12,000 now.
‘I could not believe the cheque was for that amount.’
Harvey needs an operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy, which involves the division of some of the nerves as they enter the spinal cord to free up constricting muscles.
Because the operation is not available in the UK, Harvey’s mum and dad are trying to raise the money for Harvey to undergo the procedure at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri.
‘We really would love to give Harvey the chance to have this operation and see if we can change his life and give him more freedom and independence.’
Harvey’s mum and dad have so far raised £12,500 towards the treatment.
To donate to the family and help Harvey have his operation, visit justgiving.com/harveyswishtowalk6 or call Jamielee on 07588 669724.