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Money still pouring in for little Ollie's Christmas appeal
Money is continuing to pour in to support the campaign to help make a little boy’s Christmas dreams come true.
Individuals and businesses from across Sussex have been donating to The Argus's appeal to help Oliver Poinsignon have an operation which could change his life.
Oliver, five, has cerebral palsy, and his family are trying to raise £52,000 for surgery, follow-up physiotherapy and equipment.
The youngster 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 and grows.
The operation, called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) will help him walk more easily and he will have a chance to run, jump and climb like any other little boy.
Family and friends have already raised more than £26,000 towards the cost of surgery which means the operation can be booked, but they still had a long way to go.
The Argus launched a campaign calling on people and businesses across Sussex to help with the final push and hit the £52,000 target.
Oliver lives with his mother Julie Langmaid in Ashurst, near Steyning, and his dad Jean Marc Poinsignon is from Brighton.
Brighton-based industrial electronics company Amplicon Liveline have donated £1,000 to the appeal.
Chief executive Gina Citroni said: “It is a small thing to be able to do that could help make such a difference.”
Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company has also said it will donate £300.
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 goahead 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.
Any individuals or businesses interested in making a donation or supporting an event can contact the campaign via Facebook SDR4Oliver or visit www.justgiving.com/SDR4Oliver.
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