A mother has spoken of her astonishment after an online appeal to buy a walking frame to help her two-year-old disabled son take his first steps brought in £1,200 in just eight days.
Hayley Duffety, 33, set up a page appealing for donations on the website GoFundMe for her son Elliot, who suffers from quadriplegic cerebral palsy, to help him get about and play with his twin sister Holly.
Within eight days, she reached her target and received donations from friends as well as strangers - the largest pledge was £200.
Mrs Duffety, of Great Barton, said: “I thought I might raise a few hundred pounds and that might be it. It’s just amazing you can raise that sort of money that quickly.
“It’s the power of the internet.”
She has already ordered his walking frame which arrived this week.
She said: “He will be able to walk for the first time which will be lovely.
“They told us when he was diagnosed he would never speak or walk. He’s learning to speak now and he desperately wants to walk.”
As he gets older, Elliot will need more equipment to help with his everyday needs and Mrs Duffety expects to embark on further fund-raising to make this possible.