BRAVE Aiden Farrell has the chance to walk in time for Christmas after generous Gosport residents raised more than £7,000 for his treatment.
The pool team and customers at the George and Dragon, in South Street, Gosport, were the latest to add to the total, raising £1,000 with a 12-hour pool-athon and fun night for Aiden who suffers from cerebral palsy, which led to his muscles tightening, stopping him from walking.
As previously reported in The News, Aiden’s parents, Sara and Gevun, of Grange Crescent, Gosport, had turned to the people of the town to help pay for private Botox treatment to relax his muscles to help him walk, when they were told the NHS had a 12-month waiting list.
After the three-year-old’s condition worsened last month, the NHS will now carry out the treatment on December 14.
The cash raised by the community and generous readers of The News will now be spent on intensive physiotherapy at the Bobath Centre in London, after he has the life-changing Botox injections.
Sara, 31, said she was left speechless by the generosity of the pub and other groups in Gosport.
‘It means everything because without everybody’s help Aiden wouldn’t be able to have the physio afterwards,’ she said.
‘If the treatment works and Aiden’s walking again and in less pain, it’s all thanks to everybody.
‘I can’t express in words how thankful I am to everybody that helped and did any fundraising events.’
The treatment could mean that Aiden will be walking on Christmas Day.
Sara said: ‘It will be the best Christmas present ever.
‘I don’t think he’s really aware of what’s been going on and what’s going to happen, he’s still very young but he will know it’s thanks to everybody.
‘I’m doing him a scrapbook with all the stories that have been in the paper, so when he is at an age he can understand, I can show him.’
Sara and Gevun will take Aiden to the physiotherapy centre in London for the £2,600 two-week intensive therapy in January after he receives the Botox injections next month.
Staff at the centre will teach Sara how to continue the treatment at home.
The remainder of the money will go on physiotherapy equipment and essential alterations to the family’s home.