Footballers raise money to help two-year-old with cerebral palsy

Tournament is held to raise funds for Troy Mooney who needs operation to help him walk

A family who are ­desperate for their little boy to get an operation so he can walk unaided received a major boost this week with thousands of pounds flooding in through a fundraising ­disco and a major football tournament.

Victoria and Dean Mooney, from West Hampstead, set a target of £50,000 earlier this year to pay for a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) procedure for two-year-old Troy. After just a few months they have raised just over £20,000, enough for a deposit for the operation which corrects physical muscle stiffness caused by the neurological condition, cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. SDR is not available on the NHS, but hospital surgeons will do the work privately.

Ms Mooney said: “Troy is only two-and-a-half but he knows what’s going on and I think he’s a bit overwhelmed. He’s seeing his face everywhere, and people are stopping us in the street and talking about it. “He’s still really young, still learning how to talk – I guess he’s being shy. But he’s as happy as can be and doing really well. We’re all doing really well but it’s been hard going on everyone involved. The support and generosity from everyone has been amazing.”

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