THE family of a young boy with cerebral palsy are urging people to come to a fun day to help pay for his treatment.
Aiden Farrell, two, from Gosport, suffers from chronic pain in his legs as a result of having cerebral palsy.
His parents, Sara and Gevun, want him to have Botox injections in his legs, which are often used to treat the cramps.
But high demand for the treatment means there is at least a 12-month wait for them to get it done on the NHS.
So Aiden’s family are trying to find the cash themselves to have it done privately.
They are holding a family fun day today from noon until 6pm at the Queen’s Head pub in Brockhurst Road, Gosport, to help raise more cash.
There will be a bouncy castle and other games for children.
Sara Farrell, 31, of Grange Crescent in Gosport, said: ‘It would mean a lot if people would come and support our fundraising day.
‘Already people have bowled us over with their support.
‘I just want to see my son walk and it would be people who help him and show their support who can make that happen.’
The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is the only one in the region to offer the Botox treatment.
But 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 at a private hospital. It would then cost £1,200 every two months after that for further treatment.