Youngsters march through the streets of Portchester in aid of Reuben

FUNDRAISING Michael Smith with his sons Zachary and Harry. Inset, Reuben.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121995-2)
FUNDRAISING Michael Smith with his sons Zachary and Harry. Inset, Reuben. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121995-2)
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CHILDREN marched through the streets of Portchester in a bid to raise money to support a toddler suffering from cerebral palsy.

Reuben Smith, a twin, was born 10 weeks premature and desperately needs new equipment which is unavailable on the NHS.

Reuben Smith

Reuben Smith

This means his family need to save up to buy Reuben a new chair and walking frame themselves.

So to support the two-year-old, family friend Sam Willis organised a mile-long walk through Portchester, which raised over £1,500.

Up to 80 people including lots of young children joined in.

Reuben’s mum Haanagh Smith, 34, from Saffron Way in Whiteley, said she is thrilled with how much money was raised.

‘It was overwhelming the amount of children that turned out,’ she said.

‘It’s humbling as a mother for all these little children to come out for my disabled child.

‘I couldn’t believe the amount of effort people put into it.

‘It’s overwhelming for me and my husband.

‘A lot of them had never met us.

‘It’s amazing. It makes you realise that great things can come out of bad situations. It was phenomenal.’

The family now has enough money to buy Reuben a new chair which will improve his quality of life and make him more comfortable.

‘It gives him an option to sit at the same level as his twin brother to play,’ Haanagh added.

‘It’s much more supportive for his spine. It gives more social interaction and it’s more relaxing.

‘It helps to reduce some of the spasms.

‘He will benefit from it no end.’

Reuben’s twin brother Zachary and older brother Harry, eight, also joined in the walk.

Sam, 35, from Farlington Road in North End, who organised the walk, said: ‘It was a lovely day.

‘I want to give Reuben the best start in life – he needs all the best equipment.

‘At the end I was in tears – I was amazed.

‘I am very proud of the children of Portchester.

‘It was brilliant for the kids. They really enjoyed it.’