Haverhill business owners show 'incredible' support for disabled boy
A group of Haverhill traders have been praised for their 'fantastic' contribution towards a mum and dad's dream of seeing their little boy learn to walk.
On December 21 the business owners in Queen's Square presented the £1,600 that they raised by holding a Santa's grotto and other events in the build up to Christmas to Rob and Donna Allen, who live in Haverhill.
The couple have been fund-raising since mid-September (see HERE) for equipment that will help their three-year-old son Brian, who has cerebral palsy, learn to walk.
Read more about Brian and his family HERE
Rob, who earlier this year had to give up his job of 33 years in the horse racing industry in Newmarket to help look after Brian and Donna, who is registered as deaf, was delighted with their kindness.
He said: "It's incredible what they've done. It's fantastic.
"It's all about him (Brian) just enjoying himself and doing what he can do. There is no reason why he should not have every chance in life.
"He is a remarkable little boy, honest to God. Considering what he has to go through every day he is the happiest little fella."
The money from the Queens Square businesses has paid for an upsee, a harness that attaches to an adult and allows a child with motor impairment to stand upright and walk with the help of an adult.
Rob added: "When we went down to Queens Square the traders said 'what are you looking at getting' and that's the thing that we wanted, that was the main thing, so it is fantastic."
It has also enabled Rob and Donna to buy a muscle stimulator, which will be used to help Brian build up the strength in his calf muscles and thereby to stand up and be able to learn to walk and a sensory pack.
Just before Christmas, said Rob, he and Donna also learned that Queen Street funeral director, Peasgood & Skeates, is offering the family ongoing sponsorship.
The company's support is another big boost to Rob and Donna, who have three older children, aged 13, 15 and 21.
Rob said: "The ongoing thing with the funeral parlour, that is just priceless.
"I think that offer is really incredible."
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