THE mother behind a fund-raising campaign set up to pay for treatment for her son who cannot talk has revealed that her efforts have received a major boost.
Beth Fletcher, mum of Charlie, told the Mail that a sponsored walk has helped raise more than £1,000 towards her bid to travel to America to be taught a specialist training programme that could help the youngster.
The Church Gresley resident added that, due to the success of the campaign, she has now been able to book her place to travel to the course.
She said: “I’m still waiting to get everyone’s sponsor forms back to work out the exact total from the walk but it is at least £1,000.
“My place on the course in America is now booked and I recently met up with another mum in Sutton Coldfield who did the same programme for her son who is now eight years old and in mainstream school.
“Charlie is doing really well, he is still maintaining really good eye contact, following instructions well and yesterday we actually saw him interact with another child which was a total first for us and we were very excited.
“We are seeing little improvements almost every day so we are feeling very hopeful.”
The sponsored walk saw a group of family and friends navigate 13-and-a-half miles near to Ashbourne.
The money raised will allow the 29-year-old to head to Massachusetts to the Autism Treatment Centre of America.
However, to take Charlie to America, Beth predicts that the trip will cost an additional £5,000.
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