‘Tis the season of goodwill and nowhere is this more obvious than at a Bicester opticians who are pledging to fundraise throughout 2016 to help fund an operation for five-year-old Camren Haines.
Specsavers Bicester has chosen to make Camren’s Steps their chosen charity for 2016 and help his parents, Terry and Sophie Haines, raise the £65,000 needed to fund an operation in America. Camren has Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy which means all four of his limbs are very stiff and tight and he suffers from regular muscle spasms.
‘When we heard about Camren, as a team we knew we wanted to help in any way we could,’ said store director Sarah Marshall. ‘While we know that £65,000 is a large amount of money, we hope that through a series of fundraising activities we hold next year, that we can help Camren’s mum, Sophie, reach her goal.’
‘We’re really grateful to Specsavers for their support,’ said Sophie. ‘We’ve already been overwhelmed by support from the local community and this again underlines what fantastically generous people we have in Bicester. Every little helps in my aim to raise enough so that Camren can have the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation in the States which will help him lead a more independent life.’
Camren was born very prematurely in May 2010 at just 27 weeks and spent four months at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Here he contracted Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC) three times which is a bacterial stomach infection and can cause brain damage. He was finally able to go home in September 2010 but after a few months, it became apparent that his development was not what it should be. After numerous visits to hospital, he was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy in October 2011. Camren’s Steps was set up to help fund a life changing operation at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri.