A FAMILY is looking forward to a fantastic new year thanks to innovative treatment that can reshape a baby’s head.
Andrea and Darren Blackwell of Chatsworth Road, Stamford, have been raising money and awareness for children with Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly since their son Edwin, who turned one just before Christmas, was diagnosed with the condition.
The condition, known as “flat head syndrome” means a baby’s head does not grow evenly and can lead to deformation if left untreated.
Edwin now has a helmet which he wears for 23 hours a day to remould the shape of his skull. Each helmet costs £2,000 and he could need another one before his treatment is finished.
Since the Mercury first covered Edwin’s story in July, Andrea and Darren have raised more than £6,000 for babies with the condition through the charity Headstart4Babies. Andrea herself climbed Scafell Pike.
Family friend Ben Lockett ran the Rutland Water Marathon in 4hr 40min and raised more than £1,000.
A further £250 was raised at the Annual Stamford Fatstock Dinner, held at The George Hotel in November. The charity was nominated by guest speaker Bob Feetham whose daughter-in-law Kelly is Edwin’s childminder.
Andrea said: “Edwin is getting on very well with his helmet treatment and is still in his first helmet.
“He is such a happy little chap, the helmet doesn’t faze him at all.”
He will need to wear a helmet for about two more months, or until the doctors stop seeing an improvement on a monthly basis.
The condition has had national attention recently due to a storyline in ITV1 drama Doc Martin.
Andrea said: “We would just love to thank everyone who has supported, donated and assisted, or participated in fundraising activities - it means a lot to us and to Headstart4Babies.”
For more information visit www.headstart4babies.co.uk