The family of little Aiden Farrell have just weeks to raise £14,000 to pay for life-changing surgery that will get him walking pain-free.
The family of little Aiden Farrell have just weeks to raise £14,000 to pay for life-changing surgery that will get him walking pain-free. It comes after hundreds of scooter riders and motorcyclists turned out to support the three-year-old, of Gosport. Surgeons in Bristol were due to operate on Aiden, who suffers from cerebral palsy, in March. But now his mum Sara, of Grange Crescent, Brockhurst, has been told the operation could go ahead in December.
It is now a race against time to raise a further £14,000 to meet the £27,000 cost for the procedure. As reported, Aiden had been given Botox injections to loosen his leg muscles so he could walk. The operation, called selective dorsal rhizotomy, means he would not need any further Botox and would be able to walk. Mum Sara, 32, said: ‘The tighter his muscles are the more pain he’s going to be in.
‘They’re hoping to do the surgery in the next three months. ‘It has to be paid for four weeks before the surgery.’ But she added she is confident the family can raise the cash with new-found help from the owners of Ruby’s Diner, who held a fundraiser and scooter ride-out.
Eddie Tume is the owner of Ruby’s Diner, off South Street ‘My family has just gone ballistic on it, they want to raise as much as they can for him, poor little child,’ he said. ‘His mum and dad come in the cafe quite regularly and the girls just fell in love with Aiden.’
Mike Brierley, of the Two Stroke Sniffers organised the recent ride-out that together with the diner netted £1,600. He said: ‘It was a massive success, there was about 200 of us in total. ‘When this came up, I got in touch with contacts, and loads and loads joined up.’ And reservists in the Fleet Air Arm have raised £600 in mess fines for Aiden’s cause after a dinner at HMS Sultan.
More fundraising events are planned, including a collection at Fratton Park on October 19. Around 20 people will collect cash up and down Gosport’s High Street before catching the ferry and walking to Fratton Park to collect more from fans. On October 25 and 26 evening there will be a fundraiser at the Carisbrooke pub in Carisbrooke Road, Gosport. And on November 2 there will be a soul and Motown night at St Vincent College from 6pm to 1am.
Donate to the appeal via: www.justgiving.com/Aiden-Farrell