School holds Big Breakfast to help improve life for Leo

Breakfast for Leo SUS-160730-071439001
Breakfast for Leo SUS-160730-071439001

Staff and pupils at St Pauls School, in St Leonards, took part in a Big Breakfast Event to raise funds for two year old Leo Leyland who has cerebral palsy.

eo, who attends the nursery at St Pauls, was born 10 weeks premature and suffered a pre-birth haemorrhage in his brain resulting in him getting Hemiplegia cerebral palsy.

He needs a life changing operation in America to help him walk and to give him a better quality of life.

Fund raising is vital with a total goal of £70,000 to fund this operation and trip.

The breakfast event raised £500, bringing the total raised by the school to an impressive £1194.37.

In May Leo’s dad Stefan took on The Great Outdoors Challenge, walking 225 miles over mountains from the west to east coast of Scotland, together with his father, brother and brother-in-law.

Leo’s mum Tarnia said: “Because of his Hemiplegia he has high muscle tone in his leg and arm and that results in a form of toe poking and closed fist.

“There is a life-changing new pioneering operation that Leo can have called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR).

“Unfortunately, the NHS will not fund this and we will have go private.”

Stefan added: “Without this he is going to find it really difficult to be mobile for the rest of his life and I am not going to let that happen.

“There will be thousands of people in our position but the difference is I am his dad and need to do something about it for our son’s life.

“Children just like Leo that have had this surgery go on to live normal independent lives.”

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