A GROUP of 18 fundraisers will take on a six-hour walk to raise cash for an operation to help a boy with cerebral palsy so he can walk on his own.
Led by Sara Farrell, the group are supporting her son Aiden, three.
They will walk from Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, to Southampton General Hospital.
As reported, Aiden has been assessed for selective dorsal rhizotomy, which would help him walk.
His family need £27,000 to pay for the operation in Bristol or around £50,000 if he is to have it in America.
Sara, 32, of Grange Crescent, in Gosport, said it will change his life for the better.
She said: ‘It will be completely life changing.
‘He is walking a lot more, he has started walking with sticks.
‘He’s changed so much since last year.
‘His speech and mobility have improved and he’s more determined the older he gets.
‘He can see his brothers and sisters doing things, he wants to be doing everything they’re doing.’
The group of walkers hope to contribute toward the operation, which will see surgeons remove the nerves that are causing Aiden’s leg muscles to tighten.
It comes after he needed botox injections to help him walk after suffering from tightness in his leg muscles.
But the operation would mean he would not need further injections.
Originally a fundraising push was launched to pay for the botox treatment, but the NHS stepped in to fund it. Now mum Sara and dad Gevun plan to spend £5,000 already raised by readers of The News and Gosport residents for the botox on physiotherapy after the operation.
On the day of the walk, July 21, Sara will be joined by close friend and neighbour, Tammie Clark, 33, of Frobisher Close, in Rowner, Gosport.
She said she has not done a lot of training for the 23-mile walk yet.
‘I’ve been helping with the fundraising since it started,’ she said. ‘I’d just like to see him do everything that everybody else does.
‘When all the kids are about he’s constantly wanting to be there.
‘Last weekend we were all out in the back alley and the kids were on scooters, and there he was on his trike, pedalling away.’
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