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smiler: Plucky seven-year-old Connor Sill is battling to learn how to walk  Picture: IAN ROBINSON
smiler: Plucky seven-year-old Connor Sill is battling to learn how to walk Picture: IAN ROBINSON
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A family needs to raise £3,000 to fund vital treatment to end their son’s wheelchair nightmare.

Connor Sill, seven, of Hatfield Road, Ribbleton, has mixed cerebral palsy with ataxia and could not walk when he began specialist treatment at The Legacy Rainbow House, Mawdesley, in October 2010.

Connor, who goes to Greenlands Community Primary School, has since progressed to standing and walking five steps and his mum Arlene Kelly believes the treatment could mean he no longer needs a wheelchair in the future.

She said: “If he keeps going the way he is going, it’s realistic him getting about with sticks.

“The staff work day in, day out for our children, the least we can do is do our bit to give something back.”

Like many other families who receive subsidised conductive therapy, they must raise the cash for sessions to continue.

Arlene said: “I felt upset but not surprised because, with the current climate, everyone is struggling.”

A spokesman for The Legacy Rainbow House said: “As specialist children’s services are being reduced to meet budget reductions, more and more parents of children with disabilities turn to organisations like ours for support.

“We care for more children now than we have ever done, from all over the North West of England and beyond.

“As a result of this leap in demand for our specialist expertise we need to raise additional funds to ensure we don’t turn people away.

“This means we have had to ask parents to make a contribution to the care and treatment of their children and their response has been tremendous.”

Arlene and her partner Thomas have organised a fancy dress Superhero and Villains night at Blessed Sacrament Social Club, Ribbleton, at 7pm on March 3.

Tickets cost £7 for adults and £4 for children and are available from the club or Greenland’s School reception.

For more details, contact Arlene on 07713 239465.