An appeal to fund an operation to transform a little boy’s life has received overwhelming support in just seven weeks.
Dave and Carolynne Riley have turned their home into a Christmas garden to raise funds to help their grandson Joe Riley, who lives in Orford.
The 11-year-old, who is a pupil at Fox Wood School, has cerebral palsy and hopes to have a surgical procedure called selective dorsal rhizotomy at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Dave said: “Joe is not able to walk but this could release muscles in his legs and improve his upper body control.
“He should be able to sleep through the night because the pain will have gone from his legs and his communication should be better.”
Thousands of these operations have already been carried out successfully on the NHS on children with cerebral palsy. At present, Joe is not eligible for funding so his family has vowed to raise the £16,000 needed.
After only seven weeks, wellwishers have donated more than £9,200 – more than half of the amount needed to fund the treatment.
“The response has been absolutely outstanding,” said Dave. “We just can’t say thank you enough to everyone for their support.”
Carolynne is thrilled that her choir, the Bostock Singers, have adopted Joe as their charity appeal.
To donate to help fund Joe’s surgery visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/joedaley.