Four year old twin Charlie Grainger, from Camberley in Surrey, suffers from Cerebral Palsy, a debilitating condition that affects muscle control and movement. It is usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after birth.
Children with cerebral palsy have difficulties in controlling muscles and movements as they grow and develop. For young Charlie, it has meant he has never walked like his twin brother.
Charlie’s Mum and Dad started fundraising in March 2012 when they discovered there was a surgery procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, which would remove the spasticity from his legs and give him the best opportunity of walking, but £60,000 would be needed.
With the support of friends, family and well wishers this target was achieved. However, as the operation isn't covered by the NHS, his dedicated parents still have to raise at least £8,000 for the specialist aftercare that is essential to allow Charlie to walk.
The local communities of Camberley and surrounding areas are now pulling together to help win £5000 in a contest run by Mountain Warehouse to help local boy Charlie Grainger to walk.
More information can be found at www.votecharlie.co.uk.
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