Aunt walks to Brighton raising money for nephew's condition

A caring aunt has organised a charity walk for her nephew who has a rare skeletal condition.

Friday, 11th November 2016, 1:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:15 pm
Josie Wilton is raising money for her nephew Freddie Oliver, two, from Durrington, who has skeletal dysplasia

Josie Wilton from St Andrew’s Road, West Worthing, will be walking from Worthing Pier to the British Airways i360 on Brighton seafront on Sunday.

The ten-mile walk is to raise money for two-year-old Freddie Oliver from Durrington, who has skeletal dysplasia.

Josie and 14 others are taking part in the walk, and she hopes to raise at least £400 to buy Freddie a specially-designed car seat.

She said: “I have walked it before, and it took me about five hours so we’ll have to wait and see on the day if I can do it quicker.

“I’m dreading the school run the next day, but when I think what it’s for that will push me on.”

Skeletal dysplasia affects one in 5,000 births and is characterised by abnormal bone development.

In Freddie’s case, his left knee and hip are underdeveloped, meaning he finds it difficult to move.

Freddie needs specialist equipment to keep him mobile, which Josie said cannot be funded through the NHS which is why she is fundraising.

Her next fundraising event will be a Christmas disco on December 17, and Josie is looking for prizes for the charity raffle. To donate, click here.

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