FUND-RAISERS who are trying to help a little Fleetwood boy walk have vowed to keep going until they have enough money.
Kai Hodgkinson, who was born with diaplegic spastic cerebral palsy, needs a specialist operation in Missouri, America to help cure his severe walking difficulties.
The total needed is a massive £60,000, and although just under £18,000 has been chalked up thanks to magnificent fund-raisers across the Fylde coast, that still leaves a mighty target of over £40,000.
It is a daunting sum, for sure, but campaigners have made a pledge to keep battling for the four year old.
That was certainly the message this week from one fund-raiser, Fleetwood mum-of-one Lesley Williams, of Gordon Road.
Lesley, 36, has already held fund-raisers for the youngster and has another one lined up this Sunday.
The event is a psychic night at the Royal Oak pub (Dead ‘Uns) in Lord Street, from 8pm onwards.
Leading the sessions will be spirit medium White Wolf Jay, and there will also be tarrot card readings on the night. The entry fee is £5, with funds going to the Kickstart for Kai appeal, which is being supported by the Weekly News.
Lesley, who works at Richardsons fish and chips shop in Poulton Road, said: “When I first heard about Kai I just wanted to help.
“I am a mother myself and I know I would want to do everything I could to help my child walk.
“I am determined to help get little Kai to America and I won’t stop until his family have raised enough money.
“He is such a cute little boy and he is so determined to walk.” Kai’s parents, Brian and Caron, of Hesleth Place, Fleetwood, were told by doctors that Kai would never be able to walk.
But when he proved them wrong by taking some tentative steps, they were determined to give their son every chance of being able to walk like any other child.
Now Brian himself is taking part in a fund-raiser – and it’s a real hair raiser.
The 36 year old will be braving a sky dive with pals from the Dolphin Chippy in Fleetwood on Sunday November 25.
Brian said: “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.”
Other fund-raisers are Thornton Cleveleys Operatic Society and martial arts club boss Scot Tudhope.
Readers can also help by texting KAIH50 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070.