THE CAMPAIGN to raise £10,000 to help Bromsgrove boy Daniel Speed achieve his dream of walking is more than a third of the way there with just over £4,000 pledged at the time The Standard went to press.
The cash will go towards paying for the specialist equipment and treatment the five-year-old needs, which is not paid for by the NHS.
Daniel suffers from periventricular leukomalacia, a type of cerebral palsy that causes spastic diplegia, mostly affecting his legs.
He captured the hearts of residents in Bromsgrove and beyond when, featured on our front page, he said it was his dream to be able to run around with his big sister and play football with his school friends.
This week, £1,000 from the community was donated to the cause and £600 was raised by Catshill First School where Daniel attends – that cash was raised from a disco and wheels day where pupils could take bikes, roller skates and skateboards into school.
Raffles and other events have been organised and some friends of his mum Laura are embarking on a three peaks challenge for the cause.
She told The Standard: “People have even been printing ‘Daniels Wish to Walk’ T-shirts and posters for the campaign – it has really taken off.
“I really didn’t think we would get this much money so quickly – it has been so overwhelming.
“I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much in my life as I have over the last few weeks – through happiness at the generosity of everyone.”
A ‘Daniel’s Wish to Walk’ Facebook group has been set up and residents can also visit www.justgiving.com/danielswishtowalk to donate to Daniel’s cause.
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