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Flexitallic Employee Fundraiser Brings Cerebral Palsy Sufferer Closer to Life Changing Operation

Employees of Flexitallic, the West Yorkshire based manufacturer, has held a fundraising raffle to raise money for cerebral palsy sufferer Sam Bottomley, who needs £35,000 for a life changing operation that could eventually allow him to walk unaided.  

Employees raised £422 for the Wish to Walk appeal by running a raffle to win a Giant Easter Egg as well as selling ‘Wish to Walk’ wristbands at its headquarters in Cleckheaton.

Six-year-old Sam from Lower Hopton, Mirfield was born with cerebral palsy, which affects the muscles in his legs. He currently uses a mobility walker to get around and does so using his tiptoes due to the stiffness in his muscles. 

Sam requires an operation known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), this would release the spasticity in his legs and enable him to undertake intensive physiotherapy to strengthen his muscles.

Due to the NHS not being able to fund Sam’s operation, his parents, Steve and Karen Bottomley created the Wish to Walk appeal in order to raise the £35,000 necessary for the operation and aftercare.

Penny Latham, Shipping Co-ordinator at Flexitallic and a personal family friend, said:

“We are very pleased that we have managed to contribute to the Wish to Walk appeal. Sam is a great young boy and deserves all the help he can get.

“It is very important that the community pull together to support his operation and would encourage others to hold similar events”.

Karen Bottomley said:

“We are very grateful to Flexitallic for its support. Any contribution to the appeal no matter how big or small will one day help us achieve Sam’s dream of being able to walk independently.”

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