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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A 15-year-old girl with a tumour organised a walk to raise money for a family friend’s son with cerebral palsy.
Charlotte Martin, from Hales Worth Close, Harold Hill, who was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour from birth, arranged a 10k walk on December 1, where herself and nine of her closest friends were sponsored.
Freddy Hazelwood, a three-year-old with cerebral palsy, is in need of an operation to help him walk on his own for the first time and all of the money raised will go towards paying for the operation.
Shelley, Freddy’s mum, has been friends with Charlotte’s mum Heidi for ten years and now lives close by.
Shelley, 39, a mother of two, said: “We all think Charlotte is an amazing young lady. To organise all of this for Freddy is just incredible. We can’t thank Charlotte and her lovely friends enough!”
Freddy was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of two but will need a five hour operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy to be given the chance to walk.
But as the operation is not widely available in the UK, they will need to travel to America where there is a doctor who specialises in these operations.
The family from Primrose Glen, Hornchurch, have been raising money for the past five weeks for her son and has so far raised more than £6,000 for Freddy.
They would need to raise around £80,000 for the operation and Charlotte’s sponsored walk has contributed another £1,200.
Charlotte, 15, said: “He’s such a cute, cheeky little boy! The day he will be able to walk, I know how happy everyone will be and it is worth it for all the smiles.”