A disabled boy is set to have life-changing surgery to help him walk unaided after his family’s plea for help was met with £28,000 in donations.
Joseph Hill’s family had to raise the cash themselves after funding for the operation was withdrawn in a shake-up of NHS services.
The Dane Royd J&I pupil was diagnosed with spastic diplegia when he was one, and can only walk a few paces.
The eight-year-old needs a wheelchair or walking frame for longer distances.
The family were in a race against time to raise the cash while Joseph was young enough to fully benefit from the pioneering spinal surgery.
His dad Allan Hill, 41, said the surgery could be organised as early as next month after donations flooded in.
He said: “We are gobsmacked. It’s amazing that people have been so generous, and really humbling.”
Mr Hill, of High Keep Fold, Hall Green, said that while the £20,000 for the surgery had been raised, the family still needed more cash to pay for treatment to help Joseph learn to walk again following the surgery.
The two years of intensive physiotherapy could cost another £20,000.
Mr Hill added: “The physiotherapy will give him the best chance possible.
“Joseph is really excited about it. It is him who will have to do all the hard work and he’s up for it.”
The family have set up a fundraising website at www.justgiving.com/steppingforwardforjoseph