‘We just want to do the best we can’ – Family touched by community support as Stevenage Hockey Club hosts fundraiser to help seven-year-old Cameron

Cameron Oliver from Stevenage can't sit, stand or walk unaided, and was diagnosed with the spastic q

Cameron Oliver from Stevenage can't sit, stand or walk unaided, and was diagnosed with the spastic quadriplegic form of cerebral palsy, cortical visual loss and developmental delay 13 months after his birth. - Credit: Archant

The mum of a seven-year-old boy from Stevenage who is unable to sit, stand or walk independently says she has been touched by the community’s support in a bid to raise £10,000 to help her son.

Cameron Oliver with dad Matt, mum Steph, and brother Jacob.

Cameron Oliver with dad Matt, mum Steph, and brother Jacob. - Credit: Archant

Cameron Oliver was born four weeks premature in 2008 and diagnosed with the spastic quadriplegic form of cerebral palsy, cortical visual loss and developmental delay at 13 months.

Since that time Cameron’s parents Steph, 30, and Matt, 36, have faced daily struggles to help their son, who can find it difficult to communicate at times and has to use a wheelchair.

Six weeks ago the family set up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for the specialist therapies and equipment Cameron needs, and they have been amazed by the response.

More than £1,200 has already been donated to the cause, with Stevenage Hockey Club – where Steph and Matt have been members for around 20 years and Cameron is a member of the disability-friendly Flyerz group – now offering to donate half of the proceeds from a tournament on Sunday, March 20, to help the family.

Seven-year-old Cameron Oliver from Stevenage opens a present.

Seven-year-old Cameron Oliver from Stevenage opens a present. - Credit: Archant


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“It is truly touching that the hockey club have chosen to support Cameron’s fundraising,” said Steph.

“No words can ever really portray how grateful we are as a family and how far this will go towards a brighter and more independent future for Cameron.

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“Since his diagnosis, Cameron has come on leaps and bounds – defying suggested outcomes for his future.

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

Cameron Oliver makes a splash with his younger brother Jacob at their Stevenage home.

Cameron Oliver makes a splash with his younger brother Jacob at their Stevenage home. - Credit: Archant

“His recent diagnosis of epilepsy, while heartbreaking for us, hasn’t phased him one bit and he continues to develop and grow that amazing personality of his!

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

If you can donate a raffle prize for the tournament – which is open to the public and runs from 11am at the club’s Ditchmore Lane base – email svhoskins@hotmail.co.uk.

To make a donation to the cause, visit www.gofundme.com/CameronO.

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