Needy children’s £10K giveaway

Ollie Saxton . Ollie Saxton  with mother  Rachel and Shirley Kilner and Easmonn Hunt of Help a Child Have a Chance.
Ollie Saxton . Ollie Saxton with mother Rachel and Shirley Kilner and Easmonn Hunt of Help a Child Have a Chance.

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A little boy from Sheffield who is set to undergo a life-changing operation in America next month has received £1,000 towards his trip from a city charity - which is also offering thousands of pounds to the region’s needy youngsters.

Ollie Saxton, aged three, from Intake, has cerebral palsy, and will travel to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri to have an operation which will enable him to walk for the first time.

His parents Rachel Tinsley and Russell Saxton raised over £30,000 for their son’s vital treatment.

But they still need tens of thousands to pay for Ollie’s aftercare, physiotherapy and other costs.

His funds were given an extra boost by Help A Child Have A Chance, which helps youngsters who are vulnerable or in need of financial aid across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.

Now The Star has teamed up with Help A Child Have A Chance for its 12 Days Of Christmas appeal, which offers young people across the region the chance of receiving a share of £10,000.

Readers are being asked to nominate potential recipients, and 12 of the most deserving will be presented with their cheques after Christmas.

Rachel, 33, said receiving the donation was ‘brilliant’, adding: “It’s a good amount to top us up a little bit. We’re on £37,000 now which is enough for the operation but we’ve got to keep fundraising for Ollie’s aftercare.

Last Christmas the charity gave six-year-old Alex Burland, from Hunter’s Bar, a donation to fly to America for the same operation as Ollie’s.

Shirley Kilner, the charity’s founder said seeing Alex walk with a frame was ‘very emotional’ and his operation had made a ‘remarkable difference’ to his life.

Entries for the 12 Days Of Christmas appeal can be submitted for individuals aged up to 18, or groups, carers and educators who work with young people of the same age.

n Nominations can be made by emailing 12daysofchristmas@helpachildhaveachance.co.uk, or by post to 12 Days of Christmas, Help A Child Have A Chance, 2 Woburn Place, Sheffield, S11 9QS.

The closing date is Saturday, December 10. Visit www.helpachildhaveachance.co.uk for details.