LITTLE Phillip Scott’s dream to one day walk is closer than ever.
The four-year-old was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which affects all his limbs, when he was just 10 months old.
Now his parents, Paul and Dianne, of Silksworth, have set themselves a challenge to raise thousands of pounds to fund physiotherapy which they hope will help him take his first steps.
People from across the area have come together to hold a series of charity events and the Echo is backing the cause with our Help Phillip Walk campaign.
Now, personal trainer Graham Low is to hold a special fitness boot camp after reading about the efforts.
Paul and Diane called by this week as Graham and led one of his usual bootcamp club nights in Seaham so they could out what would be in store for Monday, March 19.
Former Hartlepool player Graham, 25, who is originally from Seaburn and now lives in Seaham, said: “I saw it in the Sunderland Echo a few weeks ago and I thought I would try and help out.
“I’m going to make the session quite fun. We’ll have some games and it’ll be looking at keeping fit and healthy.”
Graham was inspired to run the special session as one of his clients at Seaham Hall and Serenity Spa, where he works as a personal trainer, has cerebral palsy and can now walk with the use of sticks thanks to the improvement made through a fitness programme.
Paul, 44, who is hoping to send Phillip to the special Footsteps Foundation in Oxfordshire, said: “There’s been a lot of people like Graham who have just got in touch to say they want to help. It’s been really fantastic.
“Me and my wife have taken part in as many of the things as we can. She did a walk from Seaham to Grangetown and now it’s my turn with the bootcamp.
“To be honest, I’m not looking forward to it because it sounds hard, but I’m going to do it, and anything that raises money to help Phillip is welcome.
“People have been so generous.”
The bootcamp will be held from 6.30pm on the seafront at Seaham, with a charge of £5 to take part.
Those interested in taking part are asked to contact Graham on 07875 548 880 in advance. An extra night will be put on if demand is high.
Graham recently won an award for excellence from the North East Hotels Association for his work.
His Tuesday and Wednesday night hour-long bootcamps run from 6.30pm, meeting at the Sainsbury’s car park in East Shore Village, with a charge of £30 a month.