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Charity day raises funds for surgery to help toddler walk

Theo's wish to walk: South Normanton fundraiser in aid of Theo Hunt, four. Leanne Byard centre with some of the organisers and friends of the fun day.

Theo's wish to walk: South Normanton fundraiser in aid of Theo Hunt, four. Leanne Byard centre with some of the organisers and friends of the fun day.

Community-minded Leanne Byard has held a charity day to raise funds to pay for an operation to help a toddler walk.

Leanne, 34, wanted to raise funds for four-year-old Theo Hunt, who has cerebral palsy and needs a £50,000 operation to enable him to walk.

She first heard of Theo’s plight through a colleague at the baby group she runs called Baby Boom, based at Church Street, South Normanton.

And with the help of fellow staff, she organised the charity day in just a few weeks.

The mother-of-one said: “One of the girls working at the group suggested holding a charity event in honour of Theo and we all agreed it was a great idea.

“The community really pulled together and I would like to thank everyone who got involved and donated to this amazing cause.”

The all-day event, held at The Boundary, Lea Vale, South Normanton, raised nearly £2,000 through raffles, cake sales, a silent auction, tombola and treasure hunt.

Local band ‘High Hopes’, made up of Emily Harris and Ellie Hayes, also played a set of their music in the evening.

The event, held on Saturday, August 2, was part of many events to raise the money needed to help Theo, from Underwood.

Theo was diagnosed with a form a cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia, when he was 18 months old.

H e was set for life-changing surgery in February to help him walk, but the plug was pulled due to a lack of NHS funding. Failure to have the operation would mean he would one day become confined to a wheelchair.

However, Theo’s 
determined mum Melissa, with support from friends and family, launched the 
campaign ‘Theo’s Wish To Walk’.

The funds currently stand at £32, 500.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/theoswishtowalk or text THEO75 
followed by a space and £ with the amount to 70070.

 

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