Hundreds pledge help for brave little Ollie

The Argus: Hundreds pledge help for brave little Ollie Hundreds pledge help for brave little Ollie

The campaign to make Oliver’s Christmas Dream Come True has received the support of hundreds of people – including the city’s three MPs.

Yesterday The Argus launched an appeal to give five-year-old Oliver Poinsignon the chance to run, jump and climb like any other little boy.

Within hours, hundreds of people had pledged to help his family raise £52,000 by Christmas Day to pay for life-changing surgery.

Among them were the city’s three MPs, who called on others to support the cause.

Mike Weatherley, Conservative MP for Hove, said: “I am sure that every parent would do the most that they can to help their children, and Oliver’s parents have so far raised half the money that they need for the surgery, which is a great start.

“If anyone is looking to support a good cause this Christmas, helping Oliver certainly has my backing.”

Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, said: “This is a really important cause at Christmas.

“I wish Oliver and his family the best of luck, and hope the money can be raised to get him the treatment he needs.”

Simon Kirby, Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, said: “I am delighted to be able to help this worthwhile campaign. I hope at this festive time everyone will feel able to support Oliver.”

Oliver, who lives with his mother in Ashurst, near Steyning, has cerebral palsy and struggles to get around because of extremely tight and painful muscles in his legs.
 

His family are looking to fund the selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) oper- ation to help him walk more easily.

They are already halfway there and The Argus is urging businesses and people across the county to provide the final push to help them hit their target. T

he paper’s charity, The Argus Appeal is donating £5,000 to help get things going.

In a message to The Argus yesterday, Oliver’s father Jean-Marc Poinsignon said: “What you have done is amazing and I wanted to send you a personal message to thank you.

"The support your paper has offered us is beyond expectation. “Your donation will bring us even closer to our target and to Oliver walking unaided for the rest of his life.”

Michael Beard, editor of The Argus and chairman of The Argus Appeal, said: “Our campaign is an example of what a difference a newspaper can make and the real strength we have to make things happen in the communities we serve.

“Mr Poinsignon’s words will make us even more determined to reach the target and allow Oliver to walk unaided for the rest of his life.

Time and again readers of The Argus have proved how much they care. I’m sure this campaign will be no different.”

Anyone interested in making a donation or supporting an event, can contact fundraisers on their Facebook page SDR4Oliver
or visit www.justgiving.com/SDR4Oliver.

 

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9:17am Thu 19 Dec 13

qm says...

Just in case anyone is/was as frustrated as I was at the lack of information in the article:

Any individuals or businesses interested in making a donation or supporting an event, can contact the campaign via:

Facebook page SDR4Oliver
or
www.justgiving.com/S
DR4Oliver.
Just in case anyone is/was as frustrated as I was at the lack of information in the article: Any individuals or businesses interested in making a donation or supporting an event, can contact the campaign via: Facebook page SDR4Oliver or www.justgiving.com/S DR4Oliver. qm

9:59am Thu 19 Dec 13

Goldenwight says...

Firstly, there is a world of difference between 'pledge' and 'cold, hard cash' and I suspect that a good deal of this money will fail to materialize.

Secondly, this operation is available on the NHS subject to clinical need- http://publications.
nice.org.uk/selectiv
e-dorsal-rhizotomy-f
or-spasticity-in-cer
ebral-palsy-ipg373 - so why is it being funded privately in this case?

I look forward to seeing a follow up article naming and shaming those who have failed to honour their pledges.
Firstly, there is a world of difference between 'pledge' and 'cold, hard cash' and I suspect that a good deal of this money will fail to materialize. Secondly, this operation is available on the NHS subject to clinical need- http://publications. nice.org.uk/selectiv e-dorsal-rhizotomy-f or-spasticity-in-cer ebral-palsy-ipg373 - so why is it being funded privately in this case? I look forward to seeing a follow up article naming and shaming those who have failed to honour their pledges. Goldenwight

3:19pm Thu 19 Dec 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Would be nice if the three MP's mentioned actually donated the other half of the money needed as I expect they can afford to do so, especially in view of the fact that it's the season of goodwill.
Would be nice if the three MP's mentioned actually donated the other half of the money needed as I expect they can afford to do so, especially in view of the fact that it's the season of goodwill. getThisCoalitionOut

3:53pm Thu 19 Dec 13

saraman says...

Argus, can a donation to Oliver be made by cheque as I have always been wary of parting with money on-line? Good luck to the poor mite, I am sure the target will be exceeded.
Argus, can a donation to Oliver be made by cheque as I have always been wary of parting with money on-line? Good luck to the poor mite, I am sure the target will be exceeded. saraman

9:38pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Patsyr says...

If indeed this surgery can be provided by the NHS but presumably has not been offered to Oliver might the reason be that his case is unsuitable? If this is the case then fund raising to have the procedure done privately is a waste of money.
There is obviously more to this situation than we are being informed of.
If indeed this surgery can be provided by the NHS but presumably has not been offered to Oliver might the reason be that his case is unsuitable? If this is the case then fund raising to have the procedure done privately is a waste of money. There is obviously more to this situation than we are being informed of. Patsyr

10:22pm Thu 19 Dec 13

qm says...

Patsyr wrote:
If indeed this surgery can be provided by the NHS but presumably has not been offered to Oliver might the reason be that his case is unsuitable? If this is the case then fund raising to have the procedure done privately is a waste of money.
There is obviously more to this situation than we are being informed of.
I for one would not be sure that the NHS makes decisions based on efficacy but more on budgetary considerations. I would dearly love to believe otherwise however the behaviour of the NHS / NICE etc over the last few years suggests otherwise!
[quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: If indeed this surgery can be provided by the NHS but presumably has not been offered to Oliver might the reason be that his case is unsuitable? If this is the case then fund raising to have the procedure done privately is a waste of money. There is obviously more to this situation than we are being informed of.[/p][/quote]I for one would not be sure that the NHS makes decisions based on efficacy but more on budgetary considerations. I would dearly love to believe otherwise however the behaviour of the NHS / NICE etc over the last few years suggests otherwise! qm

2:25pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Goldenwight says...

Patsyr wrote:
If indeed this surgery can be provided by the NHS but presumably has not been offered to Oliver might the reason be that his case is unsuitable? If this is the case then fund raising to have the procedure done privately is a waste of money. There is obviously more to this situation than we are being informed of.
Absolutely. The operation is dangerous, irreversible, and totally unsuitable for many patients. The potential side effects even for suitable patients are horrific.

It may be however that the parents have heard about this procedure (perhaps even asked a consultant about it) and are determined to get it for their little boy at whatever cost. And the cost to HIM could be horrendous.

Argus, are we being asked to fund the destruction of a young life here?
[quote][p][bold]Patsyr[/bold] wrote: If indeed this surgery can be provided by the NHS but presumably has not been offered to Oliver might the reason be that his case is unsuitable? If this is the case then fund raising to have the procedure done privately is a waste of money. There is obviously more to this situation than we are being informed of.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. The operation is dangerous, irreversible, and totally unsuitable for many patients. The potential side effects even for suitable patients are horrific. It may be however that the parents have heard about this procedure (perhaps even asked a consultant about it) and are determined to get it for their little boy at whatever cost. And the cost to HIM could be horrendous. Argus, are we being asked to fund the destruction of a young life here? Goldenwight

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