Jimmy gets special light beam thanks to dancers

Celia and Rob Hayward with their son Jimmy '' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141542-1839)
Celia and Rob Hayward with their son Jimmy '' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141542-1839)
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THE parents of a toddler have thanked dancing fundraisers who raised £2,600 to buy a vital light for their son.

Jimmy Hayward, who is 15 months old, suffers from microphthalmia, known as small eye syndrome.

14830_JIMMY_20/3/14''(centre) Rob Heyward, Jimmy Heyward and Celia Heyward with dancers from Dance Divas. ''Dancers from Dance Divas hold a sponsored silent dance off at Bridgemary School, Gosport to raise money for Jimmy Heyward. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14830-639) PPP-140320-161802001

14830_JIMMY_20/3/14''(centre) Rob Heyward, Jimmy Heyward and Celia Heyward with dancers from Dance Divas. ''Dancers from Dance Divas hold a sponsored silent dance off at Bridgemary School, Gosport to raise money for Jimmy Heyward. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14830-639) PPP-140320-161802001

His eyes are under-developed and he can only see changes in light.

But the special light, which changes colour and flashes, paid for by cash raised by Dance Divas, will help stimulate his vision.

Mum Celia, 29, said: ‘Jimmy was born with small eye syndrome so he has little vision.

‘But with the light beam, he can see the changes in light and colour which is great stimulation.’

Celia and dad Rob praised Dance Divas, who raised £2,675, much more than the £1,800 needed to buy the light.

The group, in which Jimmy’s aunt is a dancer, did a sponsored dance-off.

The event was at Bridgemary School, in Gosport where Celia is a dance teacher.

She said: ‘It’s fantastic that the dance group managed to raise so much money for us.

‘They exceeded the £1,800 target which means we can buy the light beam for his bedroom as well as other equipment.

‘It’s absolutely amazing.’

Principal of Dance Divas, Sheridan Pye added: ‘We know Celia through Bridgemary School because she taught a lot of my dancers.

‘We were more than happy to complete the fundraiser for Jimmy and I was over the moon with the total.

‘It was a fantastic effort by the dancers.’