Stepping forward for Joseph

We are stepping forward with our son, Joseph, towards a life changing operation.

Joseph was born prematurely at 34 weeks. After initially fighting for his life he spent the next 6 weeks of his life in neo-natel care, where we were told that due to lack of oxygen he had suffered significant damage to his brain and the doctors were unsure as to what extent he would be affected.  After twelve months of uncertainty,Joseph was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, which is a form of Cerebral Palsy and predominately affects his lower limbs and hence, his mobility.

After many years of struggle, Joseph has reached the stage where he can manage to walk with a walking frame and is able to walk a few steps independently however to do this Joseph needs daily physiotherapy along with a lot of encouragement and support.

Joseph is now 8 and is a very determined boy despite his disability.  Joseph lives life to the full and tries to join in playing with his friends and at local sports centres whenever he can, although his lack of mobility means that he is left behind.

Joseph has been offered an operation which will be simply life changing.  The operation, Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is carried out at Leeds General Infirmary.  This operation, combined with an intensive physiotherapy programme would give Joseph the chance to do the thing that most children take for granted – which is to walk !

Although Joseph has been offered this opportunity of a lifetime, the NHS are unable to fund it and we need to raise £20,000 for the operation and following treatment.  We are aware that this target is a challenge, however the grit and determination Joseph has shown over the years gives us the belief that we can make this possible.

Tree of Hope are helping us to raise money for Joseph. All of the money donated is set aside for Joseph and it will be used to pay for the SDR and the post-operative physiotherapy afterwards. 

Should we exceed the target amount (or if we do not raise enough funds, or if they cannot be used for any other reason) the funds raised will go to the general funds of Tree of Hope to assist other sick children.

It’s a long journey ahead but as a family we are determined to achieve Joseph’s goal of walking unaided and independently and you can help us take this step forward.

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Updates 10

£360 raised by Mary Pearce at Wakefield's Rotary Club after a successful mince pie and mulled wine evening over Christmas - thank you x

24/01/14 01:50

A massive thank you to everyone who has donated to help Joseph make his first independant steps. Joseph had his operation on 31st October and is doing incredibly well. To follow Joseph's progress please follow him on Thank you xxx

12/11/13 02:51

£735 raised so far from our fantastic Charity Night held at the home of Wakefield Wildcats and with live music from the Solicitors - it was a fab night. Thanks to Lisa Hampshire for organising!!!!xx

28/10/13 10:43

Thank you to the lovely passers by who we met on the 15 mile coastal walk - we raised £80.50!!!

25/09/13 01:04

Thanks to the Charity Committee at PPG Morley for their donation of £100.00

25/09/13 01:02

Raising money for

Tree of Hope

Tree of Hope

Charity Registration No. 1149254 In Scotland SC042611

Tree of Hope offers hope to the families of sick children in the UK who need specialist medical surgery, treatment, therapy and equipment in order to free them from suffering, giving a better quality to their young lives. England & Wales 1043092 Scotland SCO4261

Donations 700

Donation by Anonymous on 15/02/15

We all deserve a chance...go for it! x

Donation by gigi lopez on 06/01/15

100,00 €

Every journey in life begins with a single step - Joseph, you will take that step and many more in the future. Hugs & Best wishes xxxx

Donation by Jean on 29/11/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Better late, than never. Hope this helps

Donation by stu Vanhegan on 11/03/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I am so pleased to hear that you managed to raise funds for Joseph's operation. I wish him all the best with the physiotherapy and enclose a donation towards the cost.

Donation by Anonymous on 06/03/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Joseph, may all your wishes come true <3

Donation by Mrs R on 31/01/14


Good Luck Joseph xXx

Donation by Margherita Mansi on 29/12/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

From sponsored walk around pugneys. Love Ellie Walker

Donation by Anonymous on 28/12/13


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Inspired! best, Kylie

Donation by Anonymous on 08/11/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Remainder of money for auctioned shirts from wildcats charity night xxx

Donation by Anonymous on 05/11/13


+ £41.25 Gift Aid

This is from our 15 mile coastal walk..... I had a great day and can't wait to do it alongside Joseph, maybe not 15 mile though 😉 xxx

Donation by Gillian Dalrymple on 27/10/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Ellen x on 26/10/13

Good Luck xx

Donation by Sarah stoakes on 25/10/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Best wishes and good luck xx

Donation by Ann Regan on 25/10/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Good luck. Hope all goes well.

Donation by Mel on 24/10/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Massively hope you reach your target x

Donation by Shelli on 24/10/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Hope you raise the cash u need

Donation by Ruth marsh on 24/10/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Good luck joseph

Donation by Rachel on 24/10/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Lynda Stone on 24/10/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Hope you reach the target very soon! Rob & Jules x

Donation by Juliette Sproston on 23/10/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

I hope all Joseph's hopes and dreams come true, good luck and best wishes to your family

Donation by Sue Clarkson on 22/10/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

As promised ron

Donation by Monica and Ron Gott on 21/10/13


+ £37.50 Gift Aid

Thank you to the Dragon Slayer's M.C.C.

Donation by Carol Sharp on 21/10/13


H, this is my sponsorship money from completing the Major Series at the end of September. Love to you all xxx

Donation by Mandy T on 18/10/13


+ £20.00 Gift Aid

Love to Joseph........that £40,000 is getting nearer ! x

Donation by E Holden on 16/10/13

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£21,234.00
  • Offline donations£15,775.00
  • Text donations£11.00
  • Total raised£37,020.00
  • Gift Aid£4,627.76

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