Mum ‘devastated’ at fundraising setback

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A Weston-super-Mare mother, who is fundraising for an operation to help her two-year-old son to walk, says she is ‘gutted’ the target has had to be increased.

His mum Nicola launched a fundraising campaign in February to raise £65,000 so Jacob could fly to the United States for an operation.

This procedure, which is called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) and not available on the NHS, would be life-changing for the toddler, who would be able to take his first steps after intensive physiotherapy.

Their fundraising efforts have so far been successful – after the fun day last weekend the total raised has reached more than £50,000.

But the family first anticipated the surgery and subsequent physiotherapy would cost £65,000 – and now after prices rose the family had to put the target up to £75,000.

Mrs Baird told the Mercury she was ‘gutted and exhausted’ on hearing the news.

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