Family looking to raise £60,000 for operation to help seven-year-old Sunni walk

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An Ilford family is facing the daunting task of raising £60,000 in two years to fund an operation for a seven-year-old with cerebral palsy.

The operation, called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is used to improve spasticity (or muscle stiffness) and will improve Sunni’s movement and walking.

It is not funded by the NHS.

Sunni’s aunt, April Mehmet, describes him as “just a cheerful happy little boy who never lets his disability get him down”.

According to April, Sunni, who uses a wheelchair, wants to walk properly and has even expressed an interest in driving ambulances when he grows up. His webpage says that he “wishes to be able to jump one day”.

April, 43, a student liaison officer at a local secondary school, took on the challenge of fundraising the money two weeks ago, despite having no experience of charity work.

She said: “It’s very stressful. How people do it, I just don’t know. It’s going to be hard, but I have to do it for Sunni boy.”

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