Raising cash in honour of grandson Dannon (4)

Trevor and Brenda Gilliatt, with their grandson Dannon Butler, holding a cheque for money raised in aid of Hemihelp at Mr Gilliatt's 60th birthday party. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG050712-132TW
Trevor and Brenda Gilliatt, with their grandson Dannon Butler, holding a cheque for money raised in aid of Hemihelp at Mr Gilliatt's 60th birthday party. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG050712-132TW

A FAMILY birthday party turned into an emotional effort to support a Pinchbeck youngster with a rare type of cerebral palsy.

Dannon Butler (4) was the centre of attention at his grandfather Trevor Gilliatt’s 60th birthday party in Surfleet which was attended by more than 80 guests.

But instead of buying presents, Mr Gilliatt asked guests to donate cash to the charity Hemihelp that supports people with hemiplegia and hemiparesis which affects mobility on one side of the body.

Dannon was diagnosed with hemiparesis when he was ten months old and has limited use of his right arm and hand.

But despite this, Dannon is looking forward to starting at Pinchbeck East Primary School in September.

Grandmother Brenda Gilliatt (58), of Clubhurn Lane, Surfleet, said: “Dannon is quite a happy, little boy and because he’s grown up with hemiparesis, he doesn’t know any different.

“My husband turned 60 this month and because he qualifies for a heating allowance, he decided to have what we called a heating allowance hog roast to celebrate his birthday.

“But he didn’t want any presents, so he asked people to give a donation to Hemihelp if they wanted to.

“We raised £800 which we were over the moon about and Dannon’s parents thought it was absolutely fantastic.”

Mrs Gilliatt said: “School will be a big challenge for him, but Dannon is cared for by a team of physiotherapists who really look after him.

“People at the party couldn’t believe what a lovely boy Dannon is and how well he copes with the disability he has. We didn’t expect to raise as much money as we did, but people could see how much it would help Dannon.”