THE parents of a two-year-old who needs Botox injections in his legs have been bowled over by support from generous readers of The News.
Aiden Farrell, from Gosport, suffers from chronic pain in his legs as a result of having cerebral palsy.
His parents, Sara and Gevun, want the two-year-old to have Botox injections, which are used to treat the cramps.
But high demand for the treatment means there is at least a 12-month wait.
So Aiden’s family are trying to find the cash themselves to have it done privately.
And after an appeal in The News, they have been flooded with around £1,000 in donations.
Aiden’s mum Sara said: ‘I am overwhelmed. I wasn’t expecting anything from it.
‘People who don’t even know us are helping – I can’t believe it.
‘We’ve been giving out personal thankyou notes to all the people who have been sending cheques and things. It’s really emotional.’
Kind-hearted readers have donated small amounts each to the family to go towards the fund, which came to a total of around £270.
Portsmouth’s Fountain Lake Angling Club then gave Aiden a cheque for £400.
And Portsmouth-based Clouds Environmental Consultancy donated £230.
The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is the only one in the region to offer the treatment.
The trust says there is a high demand for the service and it has to be offered on clinical need, which can lead to some patients having to wait.
Aiden’s family have now been told that an assessment and first course of jabs would cost £1,500, then £1,200 every two months after that for further treatment.
They have also asked for Aiden to be put on the waiting list at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London but have not yet heard back.
Sara and Gevun have organised a fundraising family day at the Queen’s Head pub in Brockhurst Road, Gosport, to help raise more cash.
It takes place on September 15 at 5pm with a bouncy castle and other games.
n To donate towards Aiden’s treatment fund, call reporter Sam Bannister on (023) 9254 5803.