A fundraising campaign to help a young boy get the surgery he needs has been given a boost by |Sussex Police.
Five-year-old Oliver Poinsignon and his dad Jean-Marc visited Brighton police station to pick up the £400 |donation.
Mr Poinsignon and Oliver’s mother Julie Langmaid launched a £52,000 campaign last year to cover the cost of the operation and the expensive follow-up care and treatment Oliver needs to help him walk more comfortably.
The campaign is being supported by The Argus, with the paper’s charity, The Argus Appeal, donating £5,000.
Support has been pouring in and there is now less than £7,000 to go.
Any money raised over the target will be donated to the Tree of Hope charity.
Sergeant Dave Palmer, from Brighton police station, said: “Oliver recently visited our station to meet the team and we were all moved by his determination and positive attitude.
“This donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund, which is made up of monies received by police from property, confiscated by order of the court and then sold.”
Oliver has cerebral palsy and finds it difficult to walk, jump and run because of extremely tight and painful muscles in his legs.
The operation, called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), will help him walk more easily.
Oliver, who lives with his mum in Ashurst, near Steyning, is due to have surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital on February 7.
SDR surgery is not routinely available on the NHS and, because it is so expensive and still relatively new, it will normally only be given the go-ahead following an application for funding if all other options have been explored.
Oliver’s surgeons say the sooner he has the operation the better but the application for NHS funding was rejected.
The amount raised currently stands at just over £44,600 and the fundraising will continue until the target is hit.
Anyone interested in making a donation can contact the campaign via Facebook SDR4Oliver or visit www.justgiving.com/SDR4Oliver.