DONATIONS to help pay for a Kidderminster boy’s life-changing operation have been pouring in, after a front page story by The Shuttle inspired acts of generosity.
An anonymous elderly man walked into the boy’s school out of the blue and contributed £200 in cash, while neighbours and friends handed over cheques for £100 and £50 to the boy’s mother.
Others have completed physical challenges and a sponsored walk, bringing the total raised to more than £2,000.
The family of 12-year-old Mason Jackson, who has cerebral palsy, need £15,000 in total for the muscle-loosening procedure Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), which is no longer provided on the NHS due to funding cuts.
Mason’s mother Amanda Campbell said: “It has been brilliant. The support we have received has been overwhelming and we are so grateful for the donations the community has given us.”
Mason was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy at four months old and he also suffers with epilepsy and is registered blind, caused by a lack of oxygen at birth.
Miss Campbell, 47, hopes to raise further funds during a sponsored walk from Kidderminster to Bewdley on Saturday afternoon.
Family, friends and supporters of Mason will be completing the three-mile trek, which starts at The Shrubbery nursing home on Birmingham Road, and carrying donation buckets.
Mason, who attends Chadsgrove School in Bromsgrove, will be with the group in Kidderminster town centre during the afternoon.
Miss Campbell’s partner Andrew Danby also completed the 22-mile Bridgnorth walk on Monday in a time of five hours and 15 minutes, alongside family friend Tom Minard.
The duo have collected sponsorship pledges of £1,800 and once collected this will boost the total to more than £4,000.
This figure should rise further shortly thanks to a fun day the family are hosting on Sunday, July 20.
To donate visit justgiving.com/masonsdr or text masj47 to 70070 to donate £5.