The parents of a six-year-old boy who launched a campaign to raise £35,000 for a life-changing operation for their son have thanked the community for its support.
Six-year-old Sam Bottomley, of Mirfield, has a condition that affects the muscles in his legs.
Sam, who has cerebral palsy, is unable to stand unaided but surgery will put him back on his feet.
The operation at Leeds General Infirmary will cost £15,000 with the rest of the money needed to pay for after care and the intensive physio he needs to ensure the surgery is a success.
Currently parents Stephen and Karen are managing their son’s condition with exercises and botox injections in his legs.
The family launched Sam’s Wish to Walk six months ago and in that time numerous fundraising events have been held.
These included a Mat Hatter’s Charity Ball at Headingley Stadium in Leeds hosted by former rugby league professional John Bentley and his wife Sandy.
The event raised £7,000 which was shared between Sam’s Wish to Walk and another Mirfield charity Ambitions 4 Kirklees.
Roger Leedham, of the Upper Hopton Community Association, organised a sponsored walk which raised £522 in June.
The family would also like to thank Yummy Yorkshire at Denby Dale and Bill Hofstetter and Ryan Haigh, of IFM Ltd, of Huddersfield, for their support.
Sam’s operation is scheduled for September 4 and more fundraising events are planned in the coming weeks.
There will be a sponsored head shave at the Flower Pot pub in Calder Road, Mirfield, on Sunday, July 20 at 4pm and an intrepid team has entered a total Warrior endurance challenge in the Lake District in August.
Through the Examiner Karen wanted to thank all those who have supported Sam so far.
In a thank-you note she wrote: “It doesn’t matter how you contributed, whether it was a penny in a tin or organising an event, we can’t thank you enough.
“We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such a supporting community and it would be great if we could thank each and every one of you individually but there are so many of you!”
Karen said the family was “nervous” about the forthcoming operation and added: “We never thought it would happen so soon.”