Pinchbeck: Dad’s run in aid of Dannon (2)

Marathon effort: Paul Butler will be running a half marathon in March, cheered on by wife Carrie and son Dannon.
Marathon effort: Paul Butler will be running a half marathon in March, cheered on by wife Carrie and son Dannon.
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A DAD from Pinchbeck is preparing to pull on his running shoes to help a charity which will one day give vital support to his son.

Paul Butler, of Mill Green, will join hundreds of other runners on March 6 at the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon in aid of HemiHelp.

“My son Dannon has hemiplegia,” he said. “It’s a form of cerebral palsy and affects one side of the body.

“Dannon has limited movement in his right arm and right leg.”

Two-year-old Dannon was diagnosed with the condition when he was about ten-months-old.

“He was born with his left arm trapped underneath him,” explained Paul. “He was having physiotherapy on his left arm when it was picked up something was wrong with the right.”

Dannon now has physiotherapy every fortnight and also sees a speech therapist.

Paul (33) says Dannons’s disability is not instantly noticeable but it will be something which will always affect him.

Paul said: “Once we found out about hemiplegia we were directed towards HemiHelp and found it it helpful. “We have just been to a support group discussion in Cambridge where we met other parents and children who are in the same boat as us. It opened our eyes to how well the children were doing and we wanted to give something back.”

Paul, a self-employed window cleaner, says the free service will be helpful to Dannon as he grows up and as a result was spurred on to joining the 13-mile half marathon.

He hopes to raise about £500.

l To contribute to Paul’s fundraising efforts, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/dannonbutler or call 07752 739628.

Sponsor forms can also be found at Riverside Vets on Cradge Bank, Spalding.