Southsea teenager in final stages of £50,000 fundraising drive for vital operation

110785-028_DISABLED_SR_4/3/11'Daniel Findlay with his mum Sara. Daniel's friend and family are trying to raise tens of thousands of pounds to send him the USA for a operation call a Selective Dorsal Rhizomtomy.''Picture:Steve Reid 110785-028
110785-028_DISABLED_SR_4/3/11'Daniel Findlay with his mum Sara. Daniel's friend and family are trying to raise tens of thousands of pounds to send him the USA for a operation call a Selective Dorsal Rhizomtomy.''Picture:Steve Reid 110785-028

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THEY have been amazed by the extraordinary generosity of the public – and now Daniel Findlay and his mum are asking for one final fundraising drive.

The Findlays have £32,000 towards their £50,000 target to pay for an operation in America which could help 13-year-old Daniel walk independently for the first time.

The Portchester Community School pupil suffers from cerebral palsy which affects his mobility – and there is less than a month to go before the planned trip to the States which could change his life.

But first the family needs the rest of the money.

Mum Sara, 50, of Albert Grove, Southsea, said: ‘It is breaking my heart – we are so close to giving Daniel the opportunity of a lifetime but I feel that it is slipping away because we can’t raise the money we need. I have been overwhelmed by the support of friends and family, even complete strangers raising money for Dan, but we are still a long way off the target.’

At 13, Daniel is at the upper age limit for the operation, in St Louis, Missouri, meaning it cannot be delayed.

For the operation to be as successful as it can be, Daniel also needs specialist post-operative physiotherapy.

The procedure, called selective dorsal rhizotomy, involves cutting some of the sensory nerve fibres that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord.

This reduces spasticity, making it easier for patients to increase muscle strength with therapy and exercise.

But the operation is not widely available on the NHS, so as a last resort the family has booked the operation for July 28.

‘Everybody from Daniel’s school to the local fire station have been frantically holding fundraising events to try and help us raise money,’ added Sara.

‘We feel so close to giving Daniel a better future, but it could all just slip away.’

To help boost funds Sara will be holding a table top sale at her home on July 9 between midday to 4pm.

To attend go to 21 Albert Grove, Southsea.

A signed Portsmouth Football Club T-shirt is also being raffled in a barber shop. Tickets costing £1 can be bought from hairdressing salon Head, in Albert Road, Southsea, with the draw taking place on July 15.

To donate money visit justgiving.com/ danielfindlayappeal.