Hornchurch grandmother to host street relay for grandson with cerebral palsy
PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 September 2014
A fundraising grandmother is asking people to run laps of her street to help her grandson get one step closer to walking unaided.
Linda Foster, 57, of Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, is organising the charity event to help raise £20,000 for seven-year-old Ronnie Foster, of Benfleet, who has cerebral palsy and uses a walking frame.
The family, which is almost halfway to the fundraising target, will use the money for Ronnie’s aftercare and rehabilitation after he undergoes a selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) operation in March next year.
Linda is calling on people to run or walk 268 laps of her street collectively - the equivalent of four marathons.
She said: “The money will be life-changing for Ronnie and the support we’ve already received means the world to us.”
“We’re overwhelmed - it’s really opened my eyes to appreciate everyone’s contributions.”
If the family raises more than the £20,000 target the extra money will be donated to sick children’s charity, Tree of Hope.
Linda added: “The bank my son works for has said that they will double what my son makes on the day.”
Ronnie’s parents, Anthony and Kylie Foster, 33 and 40, recently caught their son praying to be able to walk.
They initially noticed Ronnie was having problems when he was about eight-months-old.
Linda said: “It was devastating but at the same time we were determined to help Ronnie get better.”
She added: “He’s a lovely boy and he’s top of the class at school. He manages as best he can and his friends support him both physically and mentally.”
Ronnie’s family and friends started fundraising after they found out the NHS would not cover Ronnie’s aftercare or rehabilitation costs.
“The neighbours are all up for it - it should be great fun, and we’ll be able to raise the much-needed money for Ronnie,” said Linda.
To donate or join the 30 runners already signed up for the 10am event on Sunday visit justgiving.com/ronnieswishtowalk or call 017 0855 6683.