A Scarborough youngster who was told by doctors he would never be able to walk is doing a sponsored walk round Marine Drive.
Springhead School pupil Declan Carney-Anderson, 12, was born with a unique chromosome disorder and has been in and out of hospital all his life.
He was never expected to walk and has battled long and hard to achieve the level of mobility he has today with the aid of a “walker”.
Declan is now planning to walk 1.2 miles from the Oasis Cafe to Luna Park on Saturday October 11 to raise money for HCPT, a York-based charity that paid for him to visit the pilgrimage destination of Lourdes in France.
His mum Sarah said: “The fact that he’s walking at all is a massive achievement in itself.
“He doesn’t have any mobility without his walker and for him to walk 1.2 miles is the equivalent to an adult doing 15 or 16 miles.
“It will probably take him an hour and a half to two hours.”
Walking alongside Declan on the day will he his cousins Isabelle Handley, Megan Carney, Thomas Carney, Evie Moore and Jacob Byrne.
The family are inviting anyone who would like to cheer Declan on or make a donation to come down on the day. They will set off from the Oasis Cafe at 9am.
show your support
To sponsor Declan, go to www.justgiving/declancarney-anderson or fill in a sponsor form at St Peter’s Church in Castle Road. He has already smashed his original target of £350 and is up to £500 at the moment. You can follow his progress on Facebook at Declan: A Day in the Life of Declan Super Boy Age 12 and a half.
The family are hoping they can raise enough money to allow another disabled child to travel to Lourdes like Declan did at Easter. The fundraiser is being done as a thank you and give something back for the support Declan has received.