ARCHIE Anderson’s hopes of being able to afford a life-changing operation have been given a huge boost now a fundraising campaign launched on his behalf has passed the £10,000 mark.
The cerebral palsy sufferer’s family have set themselves the target of raising the £50,000 it will cost to take Archie to US to undergo pioneering surgery.
And now, just four weeks after launching an appeal to raise the cash, the five-year-old’s dad Allan and mum Marie are already a fifth of the way to their target.
Later this week, children will be enjoying a Christmas party in Archie’s home town of Ashington – the first of a series of festive events lined up by his family to raise more cash.
Marie said: “I can’t thank people enough. The generosity of everyone has been overwhelming.
“To pass £10,000 in just four weeks is beyond our expectations. It is a fabulous start.”
Archie, a pupil at St Aidan’s First School in Ashington, is only able to walk very short distances before he needs to be carried or transferred to his reinforced pushchair.
The operation he is hoping to undergo will strengthen the muscles in his legs.
His family’s £50,000 appeal is about to receive a further boost as Bedlingtonshire Rotary Club has pledged to raise money for Archie, and a Justgiving account is being set up to allow the family to claim gift aid on donations.
On Tuesday, an open swim is being held at Collingwood School in Morpeth, and hardy souls are being asked to sign up for the traditional New Year’s Day dip at Whitley Bay in aid of the appeal.
Allan added: “We know that it is a big challenge raising the money in such a short time, but we will do everything we can to achieve the £50,000 target to help our son.”
Provided the target is reached, Archie will have an operation called a selective dorsal rhizotomy at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri.
For further details, visit www.archiesdream.co.uk