BRAVE Phillip Scott is gearing up to undergo pioneering physiotherapy to help him take his first steps.
Thanks to the generosity of Echo readers, the four-year-old and his family are setting off on their journey to Oxfordshire, where Phillip will take part in three weeks of specialised treatment.
The youngster was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 10 months old, which affects his legs, arms and torso and means he has to use a buggy-type wheelchair to get around.
After his plight featured in the Echo, kind-hearted readers raised more than £3,500 to pay for the youngster to attend the Footsteps Foundation, which offers intensive physiotherapy to children and young adults with cerebral palsy.
On Sunday, Phillip and his parents Paul and Dianne, of Silksworth, will drive to Oxfordshire in time for Phillip to start his three-week course on Monday.
Paul, 44, said: “We’re excited and nervous at the same time. I’m trying not to have great expectations and to see what they’ve got to offer and how well Phillip can cope with them.”
Phillip will be eased into the treatment with an hour of physiotherapy treatment using specially developed spider apparatus on the Monday.
He will then take part in other intensive therapies that will hopefully set him on his way of taking his first steps.
Paul added: “This would never have been possible without all of the donations and fund-raisers that people have carried out.
“It’s been incredible and we’re so grateful to every single person who has helped us. We never imagined it would have had this response. It’s been amazing.”
One three-week session costs more than £1,300 and with the money raised, Phillip will be able to attend more than one session, increasing the chances of it having an effect.
The family is also hoping they can push forward the botox injections Phillip receives every six months to relax his muscles as it may help the treatment work.
“If we are able to do that it would be fantastic news as after he has had these it really helps him with his exercises,” Paul said.