How brave little Georgie won over the hearts of Scarborough

Buckets and Spades charity hat day..for Georgie Craig pictured with Mum Naomi Jamieson  with Georgie Craig on the right.Pictured with staff and Nursery children.pic Richard Ponter 144418
Buckets and Spades charity hat day..for Georgie Craig pictured with Mum Naomi Jamieson with Georgie Craig on the right.Pictured with staff and Nursery children.pic Richard Ponter 144418

Like any loving mum, Naomi Jamieson wants only the best for her little son Georgie.

But while for most parents that would mean new toys or trendy clothes, for doting Naomi that just means being able to one day have a conversation with him.

This is because three-year-old Georgie was born with Global Development Delay.

It is a largely unheard of but not uncommon condition, which for the youngster, has left him unable to walk unaided or, cruelly, unable to properly communicate.

For his parents, it’s been at times a heartbreaking journey, but a journey which looks set to have a happy ending thanks to a community that’s come together to give Georgie – and his parents – the chance to make Naomi’s dream a reality.

And it has been done through Go Georgie Go, the cause that’s touched Scarborough’s hearts.

“It was just a little light bulb idea,” said Naomi, referring to her plan to raise part of the £5,000 cost of just a single programme of treatment for Georgie.

But within six days, her modest expectations had been smashed, with £1,000 raised towards the treatment.

It was done after successfully getting help with a Justgiving page, and by utilising Facebook, where word quickly spread across Scarborough and beyond of her brave son’s story.

It turned out people couldn’t do enough to help. “Everyone was doing ice bucket challenges, so instead we did a hat challenge to wear a funny hat, as hat was his first word.”

A flood of donations followed, and sparked off a fundraising drive to raise the £5,000 he needed.

Women shaved their hair off. Pubs held quizzes. The Trafalgar held a race day.

Sniper bootcampers are also going to publish a calendar.

It is only a snapshot of the fundraising, which has now helped them smash their initial target.

“It’s just blown me away,” said Naomi, who said the cash will help pay for the gruelling course of treatment, which lasts over three weeks.

But while the money has made a huge difference, for Georgie it’s just the start.

If he is to make real progress, he may need to undertake four courses – each year.

But for his parents, they want to do whatever they can for their “little angel”, whatever the cost.

“We just want to give him a better quality of life, and for one day to hold a conversation with him,” said Naomi.

“Because of his condition, I have to second guess everything – it’s literally 24/7 care with him.

“But he’s so determined, you can see the poor little thing get stressed and as his mum, you just want to make him better.”

But this week, brave Georgie undertook his first steps to doing that. He undertook his first assessment this week, and doctors were seemingly thrilled with his progress.

His condition has left him with a weakened core, but with Georgie seemingly happy to work with doctors, it is hoped that after his first intense course, afterwards he may be able to walk unaided – albeit just a little bit.

“At the minute he has to go places by hopping around on his knees, and it hurts him a bit,” said his mum, adding George also has a walker to help him when he’s not playing.

“But he’s now getting to the age where he’s being invited to birthdays, and he just wants to join in and he can’t.”

So now, both his parents and the community are looking to the future to make sure that, with one milestone passed, their ultimate goal of helping Georgie as much as possible doesn’t fall by the wayside.

Choices Health Club will host a Christmas coffee morning on Tuesday 9 December from 11am.

It’s the next in a series of fundraising events that will be held to help keep the funds pouring in. And Georgie himself is making progress. While communication is an issue, he has said some words – including “mummy”.

And despite what at times has been an emotional battle to get to grips with their son’s condition, the future is now looking bright for little Georgie, whose story has made him a Scarborough celebrity.

“Strangers have even come up to us to talk about him and say hello,”said Noami, adding: “He’s such a happy boy, he’s our little angel, and we know he’s been given to us for a very special reason.”

Please visit www.justgiving.com/GoGeorgieGo