LITTLE Aiden Farrell is set to be walking on his own two feet by early next year thanks to generous youngsters.
The cerebral palsy sufferer, four, desperately needs to have a costly operation to get his legs working properly.
And pupils at Bay House School, in Gomer Lane, Gosport, put on Christmas jumpers to help pay for the surgery –raising an impressive £1,500.
Aiden’s mum Sara, 32, of Grange Crescent, took him to the school yesterday where he picked out the best Christmas jumper, worn by Lara Rignall, 12.
Sara, a former pupil at the school told The News the family have now reached £29,500 – smashing their target of £28,000 needed for the surgery.
She said: ‘Aiden was a bit shy to start with but he soon came round.
‘It was lovely. Aiden had to pick out the best Christmas jumper.
‘He picked Lara, she had a red jumper with Santa on the front with lights flashing around her neck.
‘All the children really did put the effort in with their jumpers.
‘One girl said it took her three hours to make it.’
Aiden’s older brother Jake, 12, showed him around the school.
It comes as Aiden’s mum Sara was faced with a choice of either taking him to America for surgery, or paying less and taking him to Bristol.
She has opted to have the surgery, called selective dorsal rhizotomy, in Bristol.
Aiden is due to have the five-hour operation, which involves the division of some of the nerves as they enter the spinal cord to free up constricting muscles, on February 24.
He will then face five weeks of post-op care in Bristol before returning home.
But it means the happy boy should be up and running for his first day at school in September next year.
Sara has explained the op to him and his first question was: ‘am I going to be able to play football?’
Sara added: ‘He’s in pain every day and he’s at home with me most of the time so I know when he’s in pain and I can deal with it.
‘It would have been my fear that the pain at school, trying to keep up with the other kids, and having the surgery means he’s going to be able to.
‘I don’t want my son in pain for the rest of his life.’
As reported, people from Gosport and the surrounding area have raised thousands for Aiden’s walking appeal.