Charity zumbathon to help Sunderland youngster

FOOTSTEPS ... FROM LEFT, Linda Fraser, Diane Scott (Mother), Lynda Williams, Katie Taylor and Kay Cummings, take part in Zumbathon at Raich Carter Sports Centre.

FOOTSTEPS ... FROM LEFT, Linda Fraser, Diane Scott (Mother), Lynda Williams, Katie Taylor and Kay Cummings, take part in Zumbathon at Raich Carter Sports Centre.

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COURAGEOUS Phillip Scott’s battle to walk for the first time has inspired keep fit fans to jump into action.

More than 70 people took part in a sponsored Zumbathon at the Raich Carter Centre, in Hendon, to help the four-year-old.

FOOTSTEPS ... FROM LEFT, Linda Fraser, Diane Scott (Mother), Lynda Williams, Katie Taylor and Kay Cummings, take part in Zumbathon at Raich Carter Sports Centre.

FOOTSTEPS ... FROM LEFT, Linda Fraser, Diane Scott (Mother), Lynda Williams, Katie Taylor and Kay Cummings, take part in Zumbathon at Raich Carter Sports Centre.

Phillip, of Silksworth, has cerebral palsy which affects his limbs and means he has never been able to walk.

He was diagnosed with the illness when he was just 10 months old.

Phillip’s story has already caught the imagination of Wearsiders, who have kindly backed our Help Phillip Walk campaign by fund-raising for him.

An astonishing £6,000 has already been raised since the story broke earlier this year.

It is hoped that when enough money is raised, Phillip can regularly visit Footsteps Foundation, in Oxfordshire, which provides physiotherapy that will enable him to walk for the first time.

Katie Taylor, of Ryhope, who organised the two hour non-stop Zumbathon, is a friend of Phillip’s family.

She said: “It’s been amazing. Everybody kept going and it’s gone really well.

“Phillip is a really determined little boy. It’s great that so many people are giving money to help him.”

Phillip’s parents Paul and Diane – who also have Samantha, 12, and Kristian, five – have spoken of their shock and gratitude at the efforts people have gone to to bring in the cash.

Paul, 47, said: “Ever since people saw the story, we’ve just been so busy.

“We just weren’t expecting this and can’t thank people enough for the response we’ve had.”

Paul added: “It’s recommended that a child needing treatment goes for three hours a day for three weeks at Footsteps, but because Phillip is so small, they think he should come four times a year.”

Northumbria Water donated water to those taking part in the Zumbathon. Raffles and a cake sale also took place.

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FITNESS trainer Graham Low is doing his bit for the appeal by holding a charity boot camp.

The boot camp will be held on Monday, March 19, from 6.30pm on Seaham seafront.

It costs of £5 to take part.

Those interested in taking part should call Graham on 07875 548 880.