Christmas has come early for a brave four-year-old Sutton Bridge boy who has undergone major surgery to help him to walk.
Workers at Bakkavor are donating £200 to the fund that will pay for the intensive physiotherapy needed so Joshua Holmes can one day take his first steps.
Joshua, who has severe cerebral palsy, travelled to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham on Friday for the pioneering operation to remove the stiffness in his legs and free him from pain.
Mum Aimee was delighted about the donation when the Spalding Guardian told her the news on Tuesday.
She said: “Each physiotherapy session costs £75 so that will really get us started.
“We are so grateful for the help.
“Joshua is now back home and although he’s still in some discomfort and pain he’s coping really well.
“He’s so brave and full of smiles.
“The operation went really well. I had four-and-a-half agonising hours to wait for him to come out of theatre but the procedure was a success.
“It’s still early days and we have to go back for a wound check. But the physiotherapist is coming round tomorrow (Friday) and then I can start gentle physiotherapy at home while he recovers.
“We are really hopeful that one day he will take his first steps in his walker.”
Ian Cole, a member of the Bakkavor employee forum at Sutton Bridge, said his colleagues were so overwhlemed to read Joshua’s story they wanted to help.
He said: “The site employee forum is an interface between the employees and the management for each of the Bakkavor sites in the UK and Europe,
“We raise funds to help both the staff on site and also to donate to worthy causes and individuals in the local area.
“After reading the report about Joshua we would like to donate a cheque to the value of £200 to help towards the cost of Joshua’s treatment.
“There are so many worthy causes to support at Christmas but Joshua is local and has been through so much.”
To support the fund, visit www.justgiving.com/joshua-homes. Follow Joshua at Joshua’s SDR Journey on Facebook.