Buy a band to help little Oliver

Avril Ogden with wristbands raising money towards the operation for her grandson, Oliver.  (131003M4b)
Avril Ogden with wristbands raising money towards the operation for her grandson, Oliver. (131003M4b)

A Ripon woman has launched a fund raising wristband to pay for a life-changing operation for her grandson who was refused NHS treatment.

So far Avril Ogden, of Westgate, has raised £500 towards a £40,000 operation for Oliver, two, who has spastic diplegia – a form of cerebral palsy – and relies on a frame to walk.

“We were devastated when we found out that we would need to raise the money ourselves,” said Avril, who indicated the complex spinal surgery –called selective dorsal rhitzomy – would allow Oliver to walk unaided.

The NHS has said the operation for Oliver would be too risky to peform, forcing his parents – who live in Wiltshire – to seek private treatment.

The surgery needs to be performed when Oliver is four, and so far his family have raised £5,786 towards the operation and subsequent physiotherapy with their Step by Step campaign – leaving £34,214 to raise.

Mrs Ogden said: “Oliver is a bundle of mischief, and an intelligent little boy.

“He loves cricket and can do everything a little boy can do, except walk, which is why it’s so important he gets the operation.”

– The wristbands can be bought from Henry James hair salon on Westgate. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/stepbystep13