December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A grandmother is planning to take a leap of faith to raise money for a life-changing operation for her beloved grandson.
The Townrow family, from Long Melford, is hoping to raise £25,000 so that six-year-old Matthew, who has cerebral palsy, can have a chance to walk unaided. Sports-mad Matthew, who is a pupil at Long Melford Primary School, can get about using a walking frame but it is only through surgery that he will have a chance of walking like his older brother Edward, aged seven.
Matthew’s parents Mike and Lisa Townrow have been fundraising since July and are already halfway to their target. And on Saturday, Mrs Townrow’s mother and Matthew’s grandmother, Julia Jones, 64, will take to the skies for a fundraising parachute jump.
Mrs Jones, from Great Waldingfield, said: “Matthew is only six years old and I would do absolutely anything for him.
“I am no Mary Berry, so a charity cake bake was out of the question. I have always had a hankering to do a parachute jump but I have no idea how I will fare when I’m up there at 13,000ft. But I am determined to do it no matter what, because the alternative would be for Matt to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.”
The operation they are fund-raising for is a specialist procedure known as SDR, which is designed to reduce the stiffness in a patient’s lower limbs by opening up the spinal cord and severing nerves that are impairing movement.
Mrs Townrow said: “Until recently, the operation was only available in the US but now it is being offered in a handful of UK hospitals.
“The procedure will hopefully help Matthew to preserve the mobility he has, as well as increase the chances of him being able to walk short distances unaided. We have been through all of the correct channels here and Matt has been deemed suitable for the operation in Bristol, which is brilliant news.
“However, the NHS is not able to fund it, so we must raise £25,000. So far people have pledged £12,600, which is amazing.”
Matthew’s operation is scheduled for early next year. Visit justgiving.com/mattsdancingfeet to donate.