SCHOOLBOY Phillip Scott is preparing once again to undergo treatment which will help him walk by himself – all thanks to Echo readers.
The four-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer, from Silksworth, will once again visit Oxfordshire rehabilitation centre Footsteps, which aids youngsters who have illnesses which affect their mobility.
For the next three weeks Phillip will be getting sessions at the £1,300-a week specialist physiotherapy centre as he bids to walk on his own.
Phillip’s next visit was due to take place early next year, but a cancellation by another patient means he will begin treatment this Monday.
His dad Paul and mum Diane, 42, will travel with him as he takes part in the sessions.
Paul, 48, said: “We are just chuffed that we’ve been able to get him down again.
“We are told that the children having this treatment should try and do it at least four times a year.
“You want to get your child to do as well as they can for themselves.
It was at just 10 weeks old that Phillip, who is brother to Samantha, 13, and Kristian, five, was diagnosed with a severe form of the illness, which affects all of his limbs meaning he has to use a wheelchair.
The Ryhope Infants School pupil first visited Footsteps in May after donations poured in after the creation of the Echo’s Help Phillip Walk campaign.
Since January, thousands of pounds has been donated through coffee mornings, Zumbathons and other events, which Phillip’s family say they are thankful for each day.
“It’s amazing that people know about our Phillip and do things to raise money which is going towards helping him,” said Paul.
To find out more about helping Phillip’s appeal call Paul on 07969487501.
Another charity night in aid of Phillip takes place at The Alexandra, in Grangetown, on Saturday, November 3.
Music group Quick Return will perform with tickets £5 each.
For more details call Maureen on 07794303497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.