Cheques rolling in for Swineshead youngster

Cheer for Charlie: Toddler Charlie Brookes and his mum, Kelly, receive a donation from Steve Sitch and Cheryl Clark (left). Photo: SG221210-08MD
Cheer for Charlie: Toddler Charlie Brookes and his mum, Kelly, receive a donation from Steve Sitch and Cheryl Clark (left). Photo: SG221210-08MD
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MORE cash has come in to help a little boy who is nearly blind.

Charlie Brooks is three-and-a-half years old and suffers from eye conditions that mean he will one day completely lose his sight.

Early last year, kind hearted people put their best foot forward in a six-mile sponsored Moon Walk as part of a £3,000 fundraising campaign to buy two Acrobat LCD CCTV video magnifiers.

Using one at home - and one at his pre-school - Charlie has come on in leaps and bounds.

The machines magnify images onto a screen so Charlie can look at a book or a meal or across a room at a face or a picture.

His mum, Kelly, said: “It’s amazing how it’s brought him on. His speech has come on really well because he can now see things better and knows what they are.”

Since the Moon Walk, there have been regular donations to the appeal and the money is being banked to help Charlie’s future needs.

Among the latest were £97.76 from Cheryl Clark, of Molsom’s Opticians in Donington, and £80 from Steve Sitch, who rents a room at the opticians to give treatments such as reflexology.

Charlie has just six per cent sight.

He was born without irises, meaning his pupils are permanently dilated and his eyes are very sensitive to light.

He also has cataracts and suffers from nystagmus, a condition which makes his eyes constantly move from side to side.

Kelly said: “Eventually, he will go blind completely.”

Meanwhile the little lad is making the most of his life.

Santa Claus brought him some Nintendo Wii games for visually impaired children and he plays those on a 42-inch television.

He’s also a big fan of Thomas the Tank Engine and Santa brought him some trains.

Charlie lives in Swineshead with his mum, dad Steve, big brother Sam (11) and a new baby brother, 12-weeks-old Archie.

Kelly said: “We want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of the people who have donated money to help Charlie.”