Appeal to help Stevenage boy, 10, live happy and healthy life

PUBLISHED: 08:30 01 November 2018 | UPDATED: 08:34 01 November 2018

Cameron Oliver, from Stevenage, has cerebral palsy. Picture: Steph Oliver

Cameron Oliver, from Stevenage, has cerebral palsy. Picture: Steph Oliver

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Tickets are on sale for a gala evening to raise funds to help support a 10-year-old boy who has cerebral palsy.

Despite his continual battles, there is always a smile on Cameron's face. Picture: Steph Oliver.Despite his continual battles, there is always a smile on Cameron's face. Picture: Steph Oliver.

Cameron Oliver, who lives in Stevenage, was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, cortical visual loss and developmental delay when he was 13 months old.

His mum Steph said: “This was the day our lives changed forever. The hopes, dreams, aspirations and expectations for our beautiful little boy turned upside down in an instant. This was the day our daily struggles and ongoing battles began.”

The neurological condition severely affects Cameron’s communication and mobility and he requires some level of support with most things he does, whether that be from a carer or from specialist equipment.

Steph said: “Things most people take for granted can often be problematic – going to the shops, playing in the park or eating in a restaurant.

A trip to the park can be problematic for Cameron. Picture: Steph Oliver.A trip to the park can be problematic for Cameron. Picture: Steph Oliver.

“Cameron has the cheekiest personality, most beautiful smile and infectious laugh. Nothing gets him down and he faces every challenge with a strength and tenacity that truly astounds us.”

Cameron, who is a pupil at Lonsdale School in Stevenage, has private intensive physiotherapy sessions following bilateral hip reconstruction in August 2016, and his needs are ever changing.

Steph said: “We want to do the best we can for Cameron, to support him now and create an independent, happy, healthy future for him.

“This includes adapting our house to become a fully accessible home, driving an accessible car to allow family day trips out, supportive seating in the house, a lightweight wheelchair and specialist therapies.

The Oliver family are drumming up support for Cameron. Picture: Steph Oliver.The Oliver family are drumming up support for Cameron. Picture: Steph Oliver.

“Sadly all this costs far more money than we could ever afford. We have contributed as much as we can financially for as long as we can, but the sad reality is we won’t be able to do so forever.

“If you have read our story and would like to contribute to Cameron’s fund, we would be forever thankful for anything you could give.”

A fundraising gala evening will be held from 6.45pm next Saturday, November 10, at The Broadway Hotel in Letchworth and will include a reception drink on arrival, three-course meal, live music, casino, raffle and auction.

Tickets are £45 and available by emailing theolivers11@gmail.com. To make a direct donation, visit gofundme.com/CameronO.

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