STANDARD readers are being asked to help with a last push to help a Bromsgrove boy raise the money he needs to help him walk.
So far Daniel Speed and his family, with the help of various fund-raisers, have managed to raised more than £8,000 toward the £10,000 they need to pay for specialist equipment and treatment, which is not paid for by the NHS.
The five-year-old suffers from periventricular leukomalacia, a type of cerebral palsy that causes spastic diplegia, mostly affecting his legs.
Laura, Daniel’s mum, said they had been overwhelmed with support. She added fund-raisers from her son’s school, Catshill Middle, had got more than £1,000 to donate towards Daniel’s cause and they had also almost reached £4,000 on his just giving page.
As well as this they are also expecting more than £1,300 from a sun salutation event which was run by Jon Moult, a South Birmingham yoga instructor, along with a further £900 from staff at Catshill Onestop.
Laura said she was also doing a charity parachute jump next Saturday (August 22) on the same day as a group of friends who were taking on the three peak challenge to raise money for the campaign.
She added between them they had raised £1,000 so far but were still collecting donations and would not know a final figure until after the events.
A charity night at Catshill Social Club is also being held on September 18 from 7pm by the owner of Scissor Stitch in Rubery. All are welcome and tickets are £5. There will be a barbecue, games, a raffle and much more.
Laura said: “I am not nervous about my parachute jump at all I cannot wait I think it is because I have always wanted to do it and now I have the opportunity to do it for my own son.
“Daniel is doing really well – we notice the difference in him all the time just by doing things everyones else takes for granted.
“Like last week, we were all at the zoo and he was walking holding he bars before he would not have been able to do that. He is doing absolutely fantastic.
“I would like to thank everybody who has donated so far we have only got a bit further to go and I know Daniel appreciates it and we have all noticed an improvement in him.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/danielswishtowalk to donate.