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Support grows for Ashurst child's Christmas campaign
Support is continuing to grow for the campaign to help Oliver’s Christmas Dreams come true.
The Argus is appealing for help to give Oliver Poinsignon, five, a chance to run, jump and climb like any other little boy.
Best-selling author Peter James is among the growing number of people backing the campaign.
The crime writer tweeted his support, using the appeal’s Twitter hashtag #oliversxmasdream.
Oliver has cerebral palsy, and his family are trying to raise £52,000 to pay for surgery that could change his life.
He finds it difficult to get around because of extremely tight and painful muscles in his legs, and this will get worse as he gets older.
The operation, called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) will help him walk more easily.
His family had already raised more than £26,000 towards the cost of surgery, follow-up physiotherapy and equipment.
The Argus has now launched a campaign calling on people and businesses across Sussex to help with the final push and hit the £52,000 target.
Fundraising events are also being held to help boost funds as the community gets together to show their support.
A horse show at the Brendon Pyecombe stud farm at London Road, Pyecombe, on December 30 is also raising funds for Oliver’s appeal.
Oliver’s dad Jean Marc Poinsignon, from Brighton, will be holding a collection in Asda in Hollingbury today to help raise awareness of the appeal.
He said: “The response has been really great and so positive. We just want to keep on trying to raise more. People have been amazing.”
Oliver lives with his mother Julie Langmaid in Ashurst, near Steyning, and is said to cope “amazingly well” with his condition.
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 in London believe the sooner he has the operation the better, but their application was rejected.
The paper’s charity, The Argus Appeal, is donating £5,000 to help boost the campaign.
Anyone interested in making a donation can get in touch via Face¬ book: SDR4Oliver or visit www.justgiving.com/SDR4Oliver.
Are you holding a fundraising event for Oliver? If so, please let us know by emailing siobhan.
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