LITTLE Aiden Farrell is getting closer to having a life-changing operation to help him walk after two fundraisers netted his appeal more than £2,000.
His mum Sara, 32, of Grange Crescent, in Gosport, held the fundraiser at The Queen’s Head pub, in Brockhurst Road, on Saturday.
With a bouncy castle, games and a visit from Gosport fire station’s Blue Watch, the event was a big success, bringing in around £900.
Sara said that despite the bad weather reducing the number of people who turned up, she was pleased the day had been a hit.
She said: ‘I really appreciate the people who did turn up because of the weather – at one point we were all stood there in the rain.
‘The children had face painting, bouncy castles and games and a cake stall.
‘Aiden had his face painted and his nails painted – he still won’t let me take the nail varnish off now.’
Aiden’s siblings Jake, 12, Ben, nine and Shianne, six, were all at the pub enjoying the day.
As previously reported, three-year-old Aiden, who has cerebral palsy, needs an operation that costs £27,000 to help him walk.
He suffers from tightness in his leg muscles and had needed Botox injections, which readers of The News fundraised for last year, but the NHS eventually paid for.
His family was given a further boost on Saturday when Gosport & Fareham Rugby Club held a horse racing night – raising a whopping £1,200 for Aiden’s appeal.
Jean Robson is the club’s manager and said it wanted to raise the cash after hearing about Aiden’s illness.
She said: ‘It’s a worthy cause, he deserves the operation.
‘He’s got his whole life in front of him.
‘Aiden and his family were there on Saturday. It was fulfilling and makes you want to do it even more.’
This weekend a man will cycle from Dorset to Gosport to help raise more cash for Aiden’s appeal.