Three members of the team at Specsavers Uttoxeter took part in a sponsored walk and raised £405, which will help fund an operation for six-year-old Beau Machin.
Taking on an eight-mile route around Carsington Water in Derbyshire, optician Kelly Mayers and optical assistants Julia Booth and Sarah Carr were joined by members of Julia’s family. All the money raised will go towards a Just 4 Children fundraising campaign to help fund an operation in the USA which will help Beau, who has Cerebral Palsy, to be able to walk. His family needs to raise £75,000 to cover the cost of his surgery and recovery afterwards.
‘It was great to be able to all come together and get involved in the walk,’ said Julia. ‘We’re delighted to have been able to help and are planning another fundraising event to help boost our total further.
‘We are all rooting for Beau and his family and hope that they can raise enough money for the operation. They already have more than £30,000 but there is still obviously a way to go to reach the target.’
An important cause
You can donate to Beau’s appeal by visiting his Just Giving page.
Beau and his twin brother Seth were born 14 weeks early, each weighing only 710g and spent their first four months in hospital. When he was two and a half, Beau was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy which means his brain sends incorrect signals to his muscles. Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, the operation that is only available in the USA, is a special technique that involves sectioning some of the damaged sensory nerve fibres which cause muscle stiffness.