THE family of a boy who needs to raise £40,000 to have a chance of being able to walk are calling on the public to back an innovative one-day campaign.
Harvey Telford, seven, has cerebral palsy and his muscles are so restricted he cannot walk.
He needs an operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy which will cost at least £25,000 and then thousands of pounds more in follow-up treatment.
This Thursday, May 1, readers of The News have been asked to donate just £1 each to the fund to pay for the operation by texting on their mobile phones.
Harvey’s mum Jamielee, 28, from Paulsgrove, said: ‘It was my friend Karina Kirby’s idea.
‘It’s really easy.
‘All you need to do is text HJJT48 followed by your donation to 70700.
‘It’s quick and simple and just comes off your next month’s phone bill.
‘We’re holding it for one day so it has the maximum impact possible.
‘We really, really hope people will support us.’
Harvey’s complex operation would involve the division of some of the nerves as they enter the spinal cord to free up constricting muscles.
It was only available at St Louis Children’s Hospital, in America, but is now available privately in some hospitals in the UK.
But it has been tough trying to find a consultant willing to carry out the operation.
Jamielee said: ‘Bristol (hospital) said no to Harvey because they have a very strict criteria.
‘But Harvey’s consultant wants him to go to Great Ormond Street to see if he can have it done there. We are waiting for the outcome of that. In the meantime, Harvey is having ABR therapy which costs £5,000.
‘We go to Scotland to learn the techniques and then do two hours of therapy each day to make Harvey stronger.
‘It’s quite time consuming.
‘And it’s hard because he has to keep still – his least favourite thing to do!’
So far the family has raised more than £14,000 towards their target.
Following a story in The News earlier this year, a reader, who wanted to remain anonymous, sent a cheque for £5,000.
On May 3 there will be a huge fundraising day in Park Parade, Leigh Park, organised by discount store Coopers.
Among the attractions will be a brass band, a bagpiper, police cars, fire engines, bouncy castle and a raffle with the top prize of a holiday to be won.
To donate go to justgiving.com/harveyswishtowalk6.