BRAVE Phillip Scott is steps away from achieving his ultimate dream of walking for the first time.
The four-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, is just weeks from having his first session on a pioneering course that could help him take his first steps.
Phillip was diagnosed at 10 months old with a severe form of cerebral palsy which affects all his limbs, and doctors said he would never be able to walk.
But his parents, Paul and Diane, were given hope when they heard about a specialist physiotherapy clinic which helps those with cerebral palsy use their limbs.
With a three-week course costing £1,300, the couple set about raising the cash to help their son walk.
Since Phillip’s plight appeared in the Echo earlier this year, readers have backed our Help Phillip Walk campaign, raising more than £6,500 to date.
Paul, 47, said: “The response we’ve had has just been fantastic and we never expected it at all.
“Because of this, we’ve been able to book Phillip in for his first course in May and we’re all really looking forward to it.
“We have spoken to a few people who have taken their children there and it sounds incredible.”
On May 28, Phillip will start at Footsteps in Oxfordshire where he will carry out an intense tailor-made, three-week course.
It is recommended that youngsters carry out a minimum of three sessions, so it is hoped Phillip will return next year.
In January, we launched our Help Phillip Walk campaign, urging readers to help raise the cash for the youngster, of Silksworth.
Since then readers have carried out charity walks, a Zumbathon, sponsored bike rides and fund-raising coffee mornings.
Asda at Grangetown raised £1,000 when it held a fund-raising weekend, and personal trainer Graham Low has held a sponsored boot camp in aid of Phillip.
New Silksworth British Legion handed over £700 after holding a raffle and bingo in Phillip’s name.
Paul added: “We never imagined we’d get this kind of response. Since it appeared in the Echo, it’s been unbelievable and the whole thing has snowballed.
“We’re so touched by it all. We’ve had complete strangers knock at our door and hand over money.
“We want to thank absolutely everyone who has helped us.”