Elliott just wants to walk alongside his twin sister – Can you help?
Nationwide children’s charity has launched an online appeal to raise £75,000 to help a four-year-old boy from Newton Abbot to walk. Elliott Angell has just started at Canada Hill Primary school in Ogwell, and needs life-changing surgery.
The charity Just4Children is trying to raise the money for the surgery including rehabilitation, therapies and equipment he may need before and after the operation. They have dubbed their appeal ‘Finding Elliott’s Feet’.
The family live at Fairways, and Elliott was born prematurely at 31 weeks in 2013 along with his twin sister Elsie and spent five weeks in specialist intensive care. At around nine months old it was noticed that Elliott was not hitting any milestones.
A few months later it was confirmed Elliott had brain damage from lack of oxygen due to being premature, resulting in spastic diplegic cerebral palsy.
His mum Amy said: “Elliott is a happy, determined little boy who has met all his obstacles in life with a smile on his face. He loves to sing and dance and play with his twin sister Elsie and his older siblings Emaleigh and Bobby.
“He’s very cheeky and has a great sense of humour. Although he knows he is different to Elsie and other children he has a very positive attitude towards life and likes to join in to the best of his ability. He loves to climb and can pull himself up with his really strong arms.”
She said he was ‘desperate’ to walk so he can play football and chase his new school friends.
She added: “He often says he will one day walk without his walker because he is a big boy now! He started reception at Canada Hill last week and is settling in well.”
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