Final bid for Kai funds

Kai Hodgkinson's dad Brian Roberts (front left) with walkers on top of Ben Nevis.'Brian did the Three Peaks Challenge with two friends to raise money for Kai's operation to help him walk.
Kai Hodgkinson's dad Brian Roberts (front left) with walkers on top of Ben Nevis.'Brian did the Three Peaks Challenge with two friends to raise money for Kai's operation to help him walk.

KAI Hodgkinson is just a few thousand pounds away from an operation that will change his life.

The tot, who is four-years-old, is now wheelchair bound because he cannot walk unaided.

His devoted parents Brian Roberts and Caron Hodgkinson are now launching a final bid in their Kai’s New Legs Appeal to get the rest of the money together for Kai to have surgery in America.

Kai has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. One of the symptoms is a painful, tightness in his legs, so he is unable to walk independently. The family, of Hesketh Place, need £38,000 to go to Missouri for Kai’s selective dorsal rhizotomy operation to reduce the stiffness and they are about £9,000 short.

That final push to get the cash in began at the weekend when Brian and a small team of supporters did the three peak’s challenge, climbing the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales - Sca Fell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowden.

He said: “We battled through snow drifts on Ben Nevis, glorious sunshine on Sca Fall and battled winds that were pushing us sideways on Snowden. We had to turn back in the end because they were so strong, it wasn’t safe. We are exhausted but it was amazing and we are really proud of what we have achieved.”

Kai is at Chaucer Primary School’s nursery and will move to reception class in September.

Caron said: “He has equipment at nursery to help him and he asks why he has to have it when the others don ‘t.

“It does get to him. He also needs to wear night splints now as well as splints in the day which he is struggling to get used too. They won’t do the operation here because they say he is too young.

“But Dr Park, who does the surgery in America, has told us that it is better to do the operation at a younger age, between two and four. The operation will make such a difference to his life.”

To donate to Kai’s appeal log on to http://www.justgiving.com/kickstartforkai