A DETERMINED mother is aiming to raise £40,000 to take her disabled son to America for a life-changing operation before Christmas.
Karen Newton, 37, of West End Road, Maxey, is appealing for the help of the community to raise the money for her three-year-old son Tyler Maxwell.
Tyler suffers from cerebral palsy rendering him unable to walk or even roll over on his own.
Last year Karen raised the money to send Tyler to nursery where he is now getting one-to-one help two days a week and is improving his speech and communication skills.
Earlier this year she raised £7,400 through a parachute jump and music event to help fund weekly physiotherapy sessions in Birmingham that Tyler will start in September.
Karen, who has been a single mother ever since Tyler’s father left them two years ago after his diagnosis, is once again looking to the support of the public to help her raise the £40,000 that is needed for an operation that can be carried out on Tyler and could lead to him being able to walk for the first time.
The only problem is, she has a deadline. A slot for the operation has come up in Missouri, USA, in November and Karen is now desperate to raise the money in time.
The four-hour operation, which severs the spastic nerves in his spine and leaves the healthy nerves, is not currently funded by the NHS in the United Kingdom.
Karen said: “If 200 people each raise £200 – then that’s the £40,000.”
In order to help to raise the money Karen has organised a number of fundraising events throughout July, August, September and October.
There will be a Family Fun Day at the Cherry Tree, Oundle Road, Peterborough, on July 31; Route 66 will perform at the Wagon and Horses in Langtoft on August 6; a weekend of live music at the Exeter Arms in Helpston, on August 12, 13 and 14; a band night at the Cherry Tree on August 28; Zebrootz will play at the Post Office Club in Peterborough on September 9; a ball will be held at the Towngate Inn in Market Deeping on September 16 and a race night will be held at the Cherry Tree on October 20.
Not one to take the easy route, Karen will also cycle from Maxey to Hunstanton on August 20 and is running the Great Eastern Run on October 9.
She is hoping that energetic people will join her for the bike ride, which is approximately 50 miles.
If you can take part in the cycle ride or help out at the event in any way please contact Karen on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate do so at the Tyler Maxwell Fund at Norwich and Peterborough Building Society, sort-code 08-60-81 account number 35957765.