Charity’s bid to help severely disabled boy

Bailey Harmer and his twin brother Louie
Bailey Harmer and his twin brother Louie

A CHILDREN’S charity is hoping to raise thousands of pounds to help a severely disabled boy.

Charity for Kids has come to the aid of the family of four-year-old Bailey Harmer, of Blackman Avenue, St Leonards, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and severe microcephaly.

Paul Harris, the charity’s chairman, said: “We are looking to raise £9,000 to help Bailey and his family. This money will be spent on purchasing a hot tub along with building works allowing for its storage.

“The hot tub will help Bailey to do hydrotherapy exercises and keep him supple. Unfortunately the local swimming pool’s temperature is not warm enough. He also gets very upset and insecure in crowded areas. With the water temperature being so low it sends Bailey’s muscles into spasms, which are very painful.

“Bailey takes medication every day to ease the stiffness in his muscles. Without regular hydrotherapy exercises Bailey will have to have medical intervention using Botox. Having this will relax the muscle but after a period of time will result in the muscles deteriorating.”

Quadriplegic cerebral palsy is the most severe form of the condition in which all four limbs and the trunk are affected. Bailey, who is also blind, has severe learning difficulties. He is also unable to talk and has no control of the mouth and tongue, which gives him enormous difficulty in swallowing and communicating.

Microcephaly is a medical condition in which the circumference of the head is smaller than normal because the brain has not developed properly and has stopped growing.

A team from Charity for Kids wants to raise £20,000 by swimming the English Channel in a two-way relay. Three of the swim team are then attempting the journey home by cycling 32 miles from Dover to Rye and finishing off the last leg of the challenge by running a half-marathon from Rye to Hastings.

To sponsor the team text CFKH11 £5, £10, £20 etc to 70070 or log onto www.justgiving.com/teams/channeltri100.