A UTTOXETER mum launching a fund-raising campaign to save her son from life in a wheelchair has announced a host of events to boost her cause.
Five-year-old Kyreigh O’Regan, who suffers from cerebral palsy, has to live with constant, crippling muscle pains and spasms.
Mum Sasha O’Regan needs to raise £65,000 to take Kyreigh to America for an operation to eliminate faulty nerves that could leave him needing a wheelchair for life if his condition is allowed to develop.
Having been interviewed on BBC Radio Derby yesterday morning to help spread word of her campaign, titled Kyreigh’s Kause, Miss O’Regan is now thanking all those who have helped so far.
She said: “I want to thank firstly my parents who have stood by me from the start and have supported me when I have doubted myself.
“My daughter Xanthie who makes me laugh when we go through the bad times with Kyreigh’s condition and is so supportive and considerate.
“She has been an angel and has never moaned about the extra care her brother needs.
“She helps him and does her best alongside me to ensure he’s involved in everything.
“My friends and local people have been brilliant in supporting me by getting Kyreigh’s story out for everyone to see, starting off the donations and getting events planned.”
The events include three days at the Old Swan, in Market Place, during which campaigners will sell cakes and wristbands and take collections.
Staff will dress up in American-themed fancy dress to show their support on July 4, 5 and 6.
Miss O’Regan is then running a sponsored one-mile swim at Denstone College pool on July 12.
She is calling for more volunteers to take part, with the aim of each swimmer raising £100.
On August 23, there will be a sponsored walk around JCB lake.
Uttoxeter man Paul Richardson, who is running the Kyreigh’s Kause Twitter page, will walk 62 miles from London to Brighton.
Also in August, Miss O’Regan and some friends will perform a sponsored skydive, for which she will be collecting sponsors soon.
She said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Smallwood Manor who invited us in, said a prayer for Kyreigh and generously donated £250 - we were very touched.
“Thanks to the businesses that have already donated prizes for either the raffle or auction. We desperately need more, especially for the auction such as signed equipment or items, tickets, passes or anything else.”
Collection pots are in Costa Coffee, the Old Swan, Picknalls First School and Emma’s Cook Shop and wrist bands are also on sale.
Miss O’Regan is still looking for businesses to house collection pots.
Anyone who can help or donate cash or raffle prizes is asked to email email@example.com.
Donations can be made via justgiving.com/KYREIGHSKAUSE or by texting ‘KRYE80 £’ and the relevant amount to 70070.