Family fundraises for physio

A Haverhill family is fundraising for physiotherapy that will let Aiden, aged 6, walk independently

The parents of a 6-year-old who has cerebral palsy are hoping to raise thousands for physio their son needs to walk independently. Doctors told Vicky and Gareth Thomas from Haverhill that their son Aiden would be a wheelchair user when he was diagnosed with the neurological condition just a few months into his life.

But when Aiden was two his parents raised £38,000 which enabled him to have life-changing surgery at the St Louis Children’s Hospital in the American city of Missouri.

But the family – who live in Arrendene Road – are spending up to £10,000 a year on the intensive physiotherapy Aiden needs to keep up his progress. The money they raised when Aiden was two has completely run out and they have launched a fresh fundraising campaign so he can continue the regular sessions.

Vicky, a 37-year-old massage therapist, said: “We have been completely overwhelmed in all honesty by the generosity of the town and we know it’s a big ask starting again.”

But it is crucial that Aiden continues his physio while he is young, as it will enable him to live a full and active life when he is older.

He currently has a two-hour block of physio every Saturday, and an intensive week of daily two-hour blocks every school holiday.

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