Setback for cerebral palsy boy Lewis Munday as football fundraiser is cancelled (From This Is Wiltshire)
Setback for cerebral palsy boy Lewis Munday as football fundraiser is cancelled
11:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in Latest News
A CHARITY football match involving a celebrity team of former professionals has been cancelled and dealt a blow to fundraising efforts for a schoolboy trying to walk unaided.
This Sunday Lashing All Stars were due to take on Tetbury Town in a clash at Cirencester Town’s Corinium Stadium to raise money for Lewis Munday, whose father runs the Kembrey Inn in Swindon.
The event has now been crossed out due to poor ticket sales, of both the corporate and general variety, leaving a hole in the efforts to help pay for surgery that may allow Lewis to walk without help.
The 10-year-old has diplegia cerebral palsy, which means he struggles with stiffness in his legs and cannot walk without the help of a support called a Kaye walker.
His parents need to raise £35,000 for an operation at Frenchay Hospital, in Bristol, to help him walk because it is not funded on the NHS.
The surgery, known as selective dorsal rhizotomy, is a neurosurgical technique that targets nerves in the spine to treat spasticity in the lower limbs.
Andy Munday, Lewis’s father, said 10 corporate tables had been sold at a cost of £1,000 each, but more tables and general tickets needed to be sold in advance to ease Cirencester’s concerns the stadium would be empty come Sunday.
“It’s very disappointing because it would have almost got us to our total,” he said.
“I understand a lot of spectators were planning on paying for their ticket on the door on the day, but Cirencester’s ground is a big place to fill and they couldn’t risk nobody turning up on the day.
“I suppose we couldn’t get the advertising really. It just crept up on us. We tried getting posters up around here and Cirencester, but it doesn’t seem to have got the word out.”
There has been £25,000 raised in the past eight months by Lewis’s parents and the fundraisers dedicated to paying for his surgery, with another £6,000 likely to be added by Tetbury Town, thanks to their own fundraising exertions.
Andy expects all the money needed to have been raised by January when Lewis hopes to finally go through the life-changing procedure.
“He has got his final assessment coming up, after a few over the last couple of months,” said Andy of Lewis.
“The assessments determine whether he’s suitable for the operation; he has to fit certain criteria, but it’s looking promising, so we just need that final ‘yes’.”
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