CORRINGHAM firefighters will be taking to the streets – fire engine in tow – on Saturday March 3 to raise money to help local boy Reece Walker’s dreams of walking unaided come true.
Nine firefighters will pull the appliance four-and-a-half miles through two towns in a bid to help the Walker family from Stanford-le-Hope raise the final £10,000 they need before Reece undergoes his life changing operation on April 3.
Three-year-old Reece, who has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy – which means the muscles in his legs are painfully preventing him from walking – is due to travel to Missouri, USA, to undergo the operation that will eventually enable him to walk and run with his friends independently for the first time.
The family have been fundraising relentlessly to get the £45,000 to pay for the treatment called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), which will release the tension in his legs and allow him to take his first steps. They are now just £10,000 away from their target.
Event organiser, Firefighter Tom Side said: “When we heard about Reece’s plight we desperately wanted to help. Everybody at the fire station was touched by his story and it inspired us to do something to help the family raise the money they so desperately need. We hope that people will come out and support us as we pull the fire engine through the streets and help this little boy achieve his dream.”
Reece’s Mum Laura said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community and hope that people will show the firefighters the support they deserve while undertaking this challenge.”
Helping Reece’s family raise the money for the operation are national charity, Caudwell Children, who support families caring for sick and disabled children.
Caudwell Children CEO, Trudi Beswick, commented: “The operation Reece is about to undergo has a proven track record of improving the lives of children with Cerebral Palsy and we are pleased to help try and raise the money they need. We think that it is amazing what the firefighters are doing to help this lovely little boy gain the independence that he deserves.”
The Corringham crew will be pulling the fire-engine from the station on Fobbing Road to Lampits Hill, Giffords Cross Road and on to Springhouse Road before reaching Corringham Town Centre in St John’s Way. From the centre they will make their way to the High Street in Stanford-le-Hope via Springhouse Road and Southend Road before heading back to the station.
If you’d like to donate to the cause, visit: Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/helpreecewalk or you can text: Text 70070, text walk86£ (amount you want to donate).
If you want to cheer on our crews and make a donation on the day, they plan to leave Corringham Fire Station around 10:30 hrs.