An ambitious fundraising bid to fund an operation that will help a brave four-year-old Underwood boy walk has raced past the halfway point of its £50,000 target.
Theo Hunt, four, was diagnosed with a form of cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia, when he was 18 months .
He was set for life-changing selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery in February to help him walk.
But he and his family were rocked by news that the plug would be pulled by the NHS due to a lack of funding.
Failure to have the operation would mean Theo would one day become permanently wheelchair bound.
However, despite the heartbreaking news, Theo’s mum Melissa, with support from friends and family, launched the campaign ‘Theo’s Wish Tow Walk’.
And there has been an extraordinary response with fundraising stunts, anonymous donations and determined fundraising firing the pot to almost £27,000.
Thanks to the cause having passed the halfway fundraising mark, Melissa says it is likely Theo will be having his operation in Leeds in October or November.
She told the Advertiser she is ecstatic by the total so far and dubbed the support she has recieved as ‘amazing’.
She said: “I tried to be realistic and I had hoped to be at £20,000 before the end of this month, but now it looks like we might hit £27,000 by the end of this week.
“The community is really starting to come together now, people are really starting to get on board and the support from people is amazing.
“If anybody wants to do any individual challenge to help raise money, it dosen’t matter how big or small, just sign up to our Just Giving page.”
Melissa has run events across Underwood for the last few months and there was a fundraising car wash for the cause at Eastwood Fire Station last weekend.
There will also be a raffle for Theo at the Underwood Festival on Saturday (July 5) at the Underwood Recreation Ground.
Among the fundraisers are the after school club at Underwood Primary, which Theo’s eight-year-old brother Louis attends.
The club is donating proceeds from its popular annual water fight to Theo’s cause.
Anybody wanting to donate to the cause, or join in with the fundraising effort for Theo can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/teams/theoswishtowalk.
People can also donate via text, by sending “THEO75” followed by a space and “£” with the amount to 70070.