One last push needed to help little Georgie

Go Georgie charity continues.Georgie Craig and Mum Naomi Jamieson.pic Richard Ponter 151605a
Go Georgie charity continues.Georgie Craig and Mum Naomi Jamieson.pic Richard Ponter 151605a
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Most parents dread the terrible twos, but for Naomi Jamieson, seeing her son Georgie throw a tantrum is a dream come true.

That’s because just a few months ago, the three-year-old was so far behind with his development even walking on his own was a pipe dream.

Go Georgie charity continues.Yorkshire Bank raise cash.Branch Manager Leeds Emma Jo Beadle,Scarborough Branch Supervisor Kelly Mcsweeney. Georgie and Mum Naomi Jamieson.pic Richard Ponter 151605c

Go Georgie charity continues.Yorkshire Bank raise cash.Branch Manager Leeds Emma Jo Beadle,Scarborough Branch Supervisor Kelly Mcsweeney. Georgie and Mum Naomi Jamieson.pic Richard Ponter 151605c

Then came the “miracle” – Go Georgie Go.

Since the toddler’s parents set up the charity, their 2015 target of £20,000 has 
almost been raised in under five months.

In total, 92 per cent of that magic figure has been collected, with the money going towards £5,000 blocks of treatment that treat his global development delay, a condition which affect his ability to walk, talk and communicate.

Now his parents have backed a final push to get them – and Georgie – over the finish line this week.

“When we first started Go Georgie Go, I was worried we wouldn’t get enough money for a single block,” said mum Naomi.

“But he’s had two now and he’s had a few extra treatments which have helped him enormously.

“The support for this and for him has been incredible – it’s been an emotional whirlwind.”

To date, 298 donations have been made to Go Georgie Go.

Some have been for as little as a fiver, while others – like Yorkshire Bank – have donated thousands to the charity, with the firm donating a cheque for £2,224 just this week to a cause that has captured hearts in Scarborough and beyond.

“What’s amazing is just where the money has come from and what people have done to raise it,” said Naomi.

“This week we had a donation of about £70 from a lad who gave up his PlayStation during lent.

“Other times, we’ve had £800 from someone who didn’t even leave their details, and £400 from a guitar club in Northumberland.

“I didn’t even knew they existed, yet they have raised all this money for Georgie. It’s incredible.”

A lot of the success can be attributed to social media, which has transformed the tot into an online sensation.

His first unaided steps following his initial treatment were captured on camera and uploaded onto Facebook.

It has helped spread the story of the youngster’s courageous battle against the rare condition across the world – with money pouring into the charity’s 
coffers from America.

Now as the youngster’s family encourage fundraisers to give the charity one final push to get to the magic £20,000 mark, they are looking at what lies 
beyond that point.

Any money raised past that point will go on to help fund expensive courses of therapy that Georgie will continue to need well beyond this year.

Naomi has also been looking at a pioneering form of surgery, that may involve having to travel to the States.

But for now the family just want to reach the £20,000 milestone, money that’s helped totally transform the youngster, who won a prize last month at the Borough’s Big Thank You awards.

“He’s just finished his second round of therapy and he is becoming more self-aware and his confidence is growing within himself.

“He is turning in to a proper little toddler. He’s kind of hitting the terrible twos now in his development age, and while most people would think it’s a nightmare we love it as he’s finally hit it.”