Archie’s £50,000 operation appeal off to flying start

A BOY hoping one day to be able to stand on his own two feet unaided has moved a big step closer towards raising the money he needs for surgery to help him make that dream come true.

Cerebral palsy sufferer Archie Anderson’s family have set themselves the target of raising the £50,000 it will cost to take the five-year-old to the US to undergo pioneering surgery.

And now, just a couple of weeks after launching an appeal to raise the cash, the Ashington lad’s dad Allan and mum Marie are already almost a seventh of the way there.

The donation that took Archie’s family past the £7,000 mark was £100 from Ashington Lioness Club.

Club president Pam Barr said: “It has been a pleasure to meet Archie, who, despite his problems, remains a very cheerful boy.

“The club is pleased to assist in the hope that Archie’s dream will come true.

“I feel sure that the generous local public who kindly support our club will agree this is money well spent.”

That leaves Archie’s family with another £43,000 to raise, but they have been encouraged by the flying start their appeal has got off to.

Marie said: “Bill and I are so grateful to Ashington Lioness Club, who, together with many other generous donors, have brought the total raised so far to over £7,000.

“With Christmas putting everyone’s budget under pressure, it is particularly humbling that this cash has been forthcoming.

“We realise we still have a mountain to climb, but we are determined that Archie should benefit from this life-changing procedure.”

Although no longer a couple, Archie’s parents are working together to collect the cash they need to pay for a selective dorsal rhizotomy at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri in July next year.

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 put in his reinforced pushchair.

The operation will strengthen the muscles in his legs, potentially enabling him to walk unaided.

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