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Footsteps 4 Finlay

We are raising money for Finlay to have SDR and for Caudwell Children because children deserve the chance to be independent

80 %
raised of £50,000 target
by 104 supporters

Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children transforms the lives of disabled children across the UK. We act as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need. We provide family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK.

Charity Registration No. 1079770


We are raising funds for nine-year-old, Finlay, to have a specialist spinal operation and for pre and post operative therapy.

Finlay has been recommended for a life changing procedure by consultants at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). The procedure involves cutting nerves in the spinal column which will release the stiffness in Finlay’s legs, however the treatment and rehabilitation is not available on the NHS. 

This improvement will help him sit, stand and allow him to build up the strength in his legs to potentially walk independently for the first time in his life.

Finlay and his twin brother Daniel were born 13 weeks early but at some point during those early days Finlay suffered a bleed in his brain that left him with permanent brain damage. Finlay is unable to stand up independently or do things that other children his age take for granted.

It has recently (March 17) been discovered during a routine pre-operative screening at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children that Finlay’s hip joints have deteriorated and that he will now require a further operation on his hips prior to SDR.

The hip operation will be funded by the NHS, however following the hip surgery Finlay will require intensive rehabilitative physiotherapy to ensure the best outcome from SDR.

It is heart-wrenching to think that Finlay now has to endure two separate procedures. However, this is just a setback, and although it is disappointing, the upside is that this has been caught early so can be remedied before causing Finlay pain and discomfort.

Finlay is a very happy and determined little boy who in spite of the restrictions of his disability tries to join in games like football with his brother. Whenever Daniel plays Finlay will ask to go in goal and kneel in the middle of the goal. His dream is to be a ‘standing up boy’ like his brother.

Finlay brings a smile to the face of everyone that meets him. He loves reading and playing with his brother and their friends. He is so determined to be independent and do things for himself that to ease some of frustration he suffers will make us all very happy.

Helping the family raise the money are national charity, Caudwell Children.

Anyone interested in helping Finley’s appeal is asked to contact Caudwell Children on 01782 600114 or to donate online visit

Note to donors: 100% of direct donations will be used to help pay for life-changing support for Finlay and other disabled children in the UK through the charity, Caudwell Children.

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