Appeal needs to gather pace for Kai

The Hodgkinson family who are raising money for three year old Kai for a special operation to help him walk,
The Hodgkinson family who are raising money for three year old Kai for a special operation to help him walk,

THERE is still a long way to go!

Despite a successful fun day at the weekend to raise money to help little Kai Hodgkinson walk, his parents are desperate for the appeal to pick up pace.

More than 100 people showed their support on Saturday at Fleetwood Cricket Club for the fun day and just short of £1,000 was raised.

But although Kai’s mum and dad, Brian and Caron, were delighted by how much was raised, they were disappointed that there wasn’t a better turn out.

They are desperately trying to raise £60,000 for their three-year-old to have a special operation in America which will help him walk.

Brian said: “It was a fantastic day and I want to thank every single person who turned up to support it, but I did expect more.

“We distributed thousands of leaflets, including to pupils at 12 schools. It was advertised in the newspapers, on the radio and Kai’s Facebook page has nearly 5,000 members.

“So I thought there would have been more people, it was a bit disheartening.

“It took us months to organise, but what did come from it is the number of contacts we have gained.

“If we were to put together another fun day, I’d be able to do it much more quickly and make it four times as big.

“It’s just getting people through the door. It is so slow moving.”

Kai was born with diaplegic spastic cerebral palsy and was told by doctors he would never walk.

But his parents have been so inspired by his efforts to walk that they decided to try and raise enough money for a specialist operation only available in Missouri.

They hope the procedure will help Kai walk.

A couple of weeks ago the Weekly News launched an appeal to help boost the family’s Kick Start for Kai campaign. If everyone in Fleetwood texted a donation of just £1, the fund’s coffers would receive a massive boost.

Brian is now gearing up for a skydive on November 25. “I’ve never even been in a plane before, never mind jump out of one! There will be three of us doing it so hopefully we’ll raise a good total,” he said. Also in the pipeline is an evening ball at the end of November.

“We are hoping to stage a posh do at one of Blackpool’s top hotels with a four or five-course meal and entertainment, but we still have to confirm it. Every single penny counts and we are really grateful that people are taking time out to support us.”

So far the appeal has raised £17,000.

To help the Kick Start for Kai campaign, text KAIH50 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070.