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Campaign to raise £10k for disabled youngster

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to raise £10,000 to pay for vital treatment for a youngster left disabled after complications at birth.

Samantha and Alistair Culwick launched the fund-raising drive to help pay for specialist care for their six-year-old son Harry.

Harry and his twin brother Luke were born early, at 28 weeks, on November 1, 2007.

Due to complications during pregnancy, Harry weighed just 1lb 6oz and was half the size of his twin, who weighed 2lb 13oz.

At two days old he had a bleed on the brain, which caused dystonic cerebral palsy.

It means he cannot sit, stand or walk on his own. He has a cochlear implant that allows him to hear.

His parents, who live with the boys near Ashby, have their hopes pinned on Advanced Biochemical Rehabilitation, a form of physiotherapy. It was invented by a Russian, Leonid Blyum. Physiotherapists trained in it fly from Belgium to Scotland three times a year to teach the techniques to parents.

The family said: “We are raising funds to pay for the treatment, and the physios fly over to Scotland three times a year to treat Harry and show us the new techniques to treat him.

“We need to raise £5,300 a year until November 2015.

“Last year’s fund-raising events managed to raise £2,200 for Harry’s first treatment to commence last November, just after his sixth birthday.”

Each treatment cost about £2,000, and to have the full course they need to find cash for at least four more sessions.

The family have been supported by the Christadelphian church in Ashby, and house-building firm Bellway.

To support the campaign, visit www.justgiving.com/Harrys-Fund-appeal

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