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Sutton Bridge’s Aimee Holmes, mum of five-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Joshua, speaks about the Spalding Guardian campaign to raise £20,000 for pioneering surgery.

The appeal looked to raise £20,000 towards the cost of selective dorsal rhizotomy treatment (SDR) and since then readers have shown their continued support and generosity.

Joshua Holmes at Garth Sch
Joshua Holmes walks around playground, also with mum Aimee Holmes ANL-140705-111211001

Joshua Holmes at Garth Sch Joshua Holmes walks around playground, also with mum Aimee Holmes ANL-140705-111211001

The youngster has taken his first steps after undergoing surgery to remove the stiffness in his legs and free him from pain.

Joshua can only move backwards in his specialised walking frame, but for all those who know him it is a huge leap forward in his treatment – and a big part in his amazing ‘SDR Journey’ has been played by you, our readers.

Aimee said: “I’m amazed at how fast he can go in the walker. Before the operation, Joshua tried to use it but he wasn’t able to move because of the stiffness in his legs. Being brain damaged, it’s a lot for him anyway, but now he has mastered going backwards. It’s given him his own form of mobility.”

 

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