A FUND-raising bid to help pay for treatment which could help a youngster talk for the first time will see 16 people take part in a sponsored walk.
Beth Fletcher, mum of Charlie (who is nearly three), revealed that she and 15 others will be donning their walking boots as part of efforts to raise £2,000 to pay for a trip to America.
The need to raise the money was highlighted in the Mail when Mrs Fletcher, of Church Gresley, revealed that she was pinning her hopes of hearing her son talk on a training programme in the US.
She said: “As you can imagine, our fund-raising is a bit endless at the moment but there are 16 of us taking part in the sponsored 13.5 mile walk on Sunday, September 29.
“We are optimistic that we will certainly raise enough for the start up course that takes place in December.
“We are also more than happy for any volunteers to fund-raise on our behalf (we can provide all the sponsor forms etc) or if people would like to donate raffle prizes – we appreciate everything and anything.”
The money will allow the 29-year-old to head to Massachusetts to the Autism Treatment Centre of America.
She added: “The course I will be attending is the Son Rise Start Up program which is a five-day course at the treatment centre.
“We will then have the opportunity to take Charlie over to the US for the intensive program where the Son Rise professionals will work with him one-on-one.
“We believe this is the right program for us and for Charlie.
“It has given us the hope that we so desperately needed.
“When the word autism is first thrown around you immediately bring up images of the worst possible scenarios.
“It’s because that is what you’ve been taught about autism and I guess that is what makes people so terrified.
“Charlie on the other hand is such a happy little boy, he is loving and affectionate and has a great sense of humour.
“We truly believe that with the right tools we can reach Charlie and bring him out of his little bubble.
“We are longing to hear his voice.”
However, to take Charlie to America, Beth predicts that the trip will cost an additional £5,000.
This will mean that even when they reach the initial target of £2,000, fund-raising will continue in bid to pay for the next trip.
To donate, head online to www.gofundme.com/43vvyw or for more information visit www.charliesvoice.co.uk
Anybody who would like to volunteer or help with fund-raising is urged to email email@example.com