A DAD has been overwhelmed by support from Wearsiders desperate to help his son to take his first few steps.
As reported in the Echo last week, parents Paul and Dianne Scott need to raise thousands of pounds to send son Phillip, four, on an intensive physiotherapy course to help him walk.
The determined youngster has spent his short life in a wheelchair after being born three months premature, weighing just 3lb 9oz.
After suffering a series of health complaints, Phillip was allowed home on Valentine’s Day 2008 – the day he was supposed to be born.
But at 10 months old, he was diagnosed with four-limb spastic cerebral palsy, which affects his legs, arms and torso.
The youngster now has to use a buggy-type wheelchair and is unable to carry out daily tasks, including using a fork and picking up objects.
But his parents have been given fresh hope that their son will one day be able to walk and believe a series of pioneering courses at the Footsteps Foundation in Oxfordshire will help him on his way.
But with a three-week course at Footsteps costing £1,300, they have launched a fund-raising drive.
Since their appeal appeared in the Echo, they have been inundated with people wanting to help.
Paul, of Silksworth, said: “It’s been unbelievable and we’ve had a massive response from people wanting to help. It really is incredible.
“We’ve been contacted by people from outside the area who want to help and raise money and we’ve had people knocking on our door asking how they can help.”
Asda in Grangetown has also got stuck in with the fund-raising effort and held a series of events at the weekend.
Staff held a tombola and raffle, and on Saturday and Sunday check-out staff donned red and a bag-pack was held.
Department managers were also challenged to raise £100 with just £10.
Anne Walker, customer services manager, said: “We saw the story on the front of the Echo and knew we had to do something to help.
“We had a lot of different things going on over the weekend and hope to have raised a lot of money to help the family.”