Help Hayden to walk

£2,678 of £25k goal

Raised by 102 people in 25 months
Kirsty Harrington   Chelmsley Wood, ENG


Hi everyone, I want to raise £25,000 for my son to have a life changing operation.
Hayden has Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia (affecting symmetrical limbs). He got diagnosed aged 1 and a half. 
Cerebral Palsy is brain damage to the brain from pregnancy or shortly after birth, we haven't been able to find out what caused this to Hayden but his consultant has said it's probably through pregnancy.
Hayden has mild CP, it mainly affects his legs, the brain send too much muscel tone to his legs which makes his bottom half too stiff to move this is why physio is needed to help loosen them. Hayden is now 5 and finds it very hard to walk (unaided) cause of the stiffness, it makes him walk scissored instead of straight. He has walking frames to use and he's mainly in a wheel chair, he's currently unable to walk by himself he needs constant support from a walking frame.
Since his diagnosis he's had physiotherapy to help build muscel tone which will enable him to walk.
a few years ago his physiothearpist decided it's time for intervention so she booked him to have Botox, a few year later and he's still not showing any signs go improvement. 
Hayden gets so frustrated watching all his friends run about, climbing on climbing frames, riding a bike etc. He doesn't understand why he can't do things that his peers can do. It breaks my heart to see him like this, this is why I'm asking for people to help raise money for this amazing operation. 
The operation is called Seletive Dorsal Rhizotomy, it's a pretty basic operation, all they do is open up the very bottom of his spine, they use this machine to determine which damaged nerves are sending the stiff messages to his legs and they chop it off leaving the good nerves intact, which in time with plenty of physiotherapy he will end up walking a lot sooner, it's not just walking that will improve his learning will aswell (Hayden is a year behind in learning).
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy was government funded but they had to stop it as it was costing the NHS too much money, so this is why I'm trying to fundraise.
Hayden is such a happy little boy always got a massive smile on his face, so it upsets me when he gets upset about the things he can't do, but I can't explain why to him as he doesn't have the understanding as other children of his age do. 
So I ask everyone that is reading this to help us please, it's such a worthy cause, your helping a little boy that so deserves to have the best in life and to do everything mainstream children do! To walk and have a better future :)
Thank you x
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Update 32
20 months ago
Please everyone carry on with all the amazing donations! It means the world to us all :) x
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Update 31
23 months ago
Everyone please keep donating we need as much help as possible. Your helping to change a little boys life! Xx
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Update 30
23 months ago
Please everyone keep donating! It's amazing we have this much already! Thank you all so very much!! Xx
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Update 29
24 months ago
Update 2 cycling to Wales in just four days- Hayden's dad and a couple of his mates have cycled 60miles so far they have 25miles to go to reach the Wales border. Then they will be going to Cardiff which is more miles (not too sure how long it is) will update more later and post pictures :) please show the men some support by donating x
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£2,678 of £25k goal

Raised by 102 people in 25 months
Created July 5, 2014
GV
£20
Gareth Vowles
15 months ago

From my friends Rana & Hither, thank you xx

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MK
£10
Matt Kennedy
15 months ago

from Matt at Virgin Coventry and also a Chelmsley lad.

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DL
£10
Dan Linehan
15 months ago

All the best x

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GV
£20
Gareth Vowles
15 months ago

From Matt Bellew at Solihull Council, thank you!

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GV
£5
Gareth Vowles
15 months ago

A little bit that was owed from my brother's donation

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CL
£20
Carole Lyons
15 months ago

Good luck with the fundraising!

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GV
£118
Gareth Vowles
15 months ago

From Solihull District FC, they loved meeting Hayden today and it was an honour to have him be mascot!

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GV
£35
Gareth Vowles
15 months ago

More from the staff and clients at Robert Carl in Earlsdon Coventry, thank you!

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PM
£10
Paul Mayo
15 months ago

Fantastic Cause. All the best with the fundraising.

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HH
£10
Hayley Hodgson
15 months ago

The very best of luck!!

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