A FAMILY from Sheffield are in a race against time to raise enough money to send their disabled son to America for a £55,000 operation to help him walk.
Rachel Tinsley and her husband, Russell Saxton, have three weeks to pay a £27,000 bill for an operation for three-year-old son Ollie, who has cerebral palsy.
The procedure could allow Ollie to walk independently for the first time – but he has to have it soon before complications with his hips worsen.
Already friends and supporters of the family, from Intake, have raised £20,000. But Rachel, aged 33, and Russell, aged 31, have received a letter saying they have less than a month to pay half the money, which leaves them having to find £7,000.
Rachel, a fitness instructor at Ponds Forge sports centre, said: “It is breaking my heart. We are so close to giving Ollie the opportunity of a lifetime but I feel that it is slipping away because we can’t raise the money. I have had friends and family doing everything they can but we are still off the target.”
Ollie is scheduled to have his operation in January at the St Louis Children’s Hospital.
Rachel, also mum to Riegan, 10, and Evie, five, is worried the procedure will be cancelled. “We have fundraising events planned in the run-up to Christmas but this will be for nothing if we can’t raise the money.”
lContact the Caudwell Children Charity on 01782 600114 or visit www.justgiving.com/ sendollietostlouis