Cash floods in to help Worthing boy walk

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A GROUP of colleagues have helped a Worthing family move one step closer to paying for a life-changing operation for their son.

Staff at Dillistone Funeral Service, in South Farm Road, decided to donate proceeds of its charity car wash to the O’Hagan family, after reading about five-year-old James in the Worthing Herald.

Marc Labrum, funeral director, said: “This was the second year we’ve held a charity car wash and when we read about him, we decided we really wanted to help get James over to America for his operation. This year, we washed about 25 cars, and a van, and raised £250 towards the cost of the trip.”

Marc and five of his colleagues spent a day washing cars after James and his dad Brian officially opened the charity car wash.

Marc added: “James is such a lovely little boy – he had a go with the hose and helped us out. We wish him well.”

Brian, of Hurst Avenue, said: “James needs this operation to help him walk. He was born with cerebral palsy and as a result he struggles to walk without a stick or frame. It means by the time he’s a teenager he will need a wheelchair, so this operation is so important.”

The ground-breaking surgery, plus travel to and from America, a return trip one year later, and two years of intensive physiotherapy will cost £60,000.

Brian, 40, said: “Thanks to the incredible generosity of so many people we’ve raised about £40,000 since May. It’s the smaller donations that have been most humbling – like children donating their birthday money so they can help James walk. He’s been taking it all in his stride and tells people he’s going to America to get his legs sorted – we really hope we can get him there.”

James has an operation slot booked for November 1, so long as his family raise enough for the trip.