Bicester Specsavers have donated more than £1,420 to Camren’s Steps, a fundraising initiative to help a youngster from Oxfordshire diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
The team pledged to raise funds for Camren’s Steps throughout 2016, after his family made an appeal to the local community to raise £65,000 which would go towards a life changing operation in America for six-year-old Camren Haines.
A word from the store director
‘We feel very fortunate to be able to help Camren and his family on their journey,’ said store director Satnam Johal. ‘We have such supportive customers and the local Bicester community have really played their part - donating at all our fundraisers and spreading the word. This operation would be life-changing for Camren and we’re honoured to hand over the proceeds.’
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 that 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 by his mum Sophie to help fund a life changing operation at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri.
Sophie said: ‘Thank you so much to Specsavers for your kind and thoughtful generosity in raising money towards Camren’s operation. Thanks to their support we’re closer to our goal and our dream of Camren living as independent a life as possible!’
Throughout the year, the store held several fundraising events including a charity buffet and auction, fancy dress days and raffles.