The family of a Coleraine boy who suffers with an illness which means he cannot walk is hoping a new specially made video will boost their campaign to raise funds to send him for treatment in America.
Five year-old Oliver Dickey was born with spastic diplegia, a type of cerebral palsy, and is confined to a wheelchair.
His family launched the ‘Help Wee Oliver Walk’ campaign at the beginning of January and have, in the space of just 20 days, raised more than £11,000.
If they raise their target of £60,000 Oliver’s family hope to take him to St Louis Children’s Hospital in America for Selective Dorsal Rhizotom, which should enable him to walk.
Following some help from a few celebrity friends including Alan Sugar, Peter Andre and Barry McGuigan who retweeted their plea for funds, Oliver’s mum Charlene and dad Neil said they were over the moon that Charlene’s cousin Neil Moore had made a video appeal for donations.
Charlene said she has been overwhelmed by the support they have received so far.
“I cannot thank people enough for the kindness and generosity they have shown Oliver and the rest of our family,” she said. “We have had almost 500 donations to Oliver’s JustGiving page alone, and bucket collections have been taking place in shops and many other places in the local area.”
The video has been produced in an effort to further highlight Oliver’s cause, said Charlene.
“Neil Moore offered to put something together to tell Oliver’s story in words and pictures and, whilst I’m obviously biased, I think he’s done a great job. Everyone who has seen it so far has struggled to hold back the tears, with most people losing the battle – myself included.
“By putting in on YouTube, we’re hoping that everyone who can will share the link via email and social media so that it can reach as wide an audience as possible.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/helpweeoliverwalk to donate.