Little Georgie Craig’s parents have already have been given the one Christmas present they had wished for – to hear that their son will one day walk.
As the three-year-old embarks on a gruelling therapy programme over the festive period, this week specialists vowed the treatment will work – news which his mum says is a “Christmas miracle”.
“To hear that news was just amazing,” said doting mum Naomi.
“When all of this started we had no idea what would happen with Georgie, but to hear a specialist tell us that she’s sure Georgie will walk – that’s just massive for us.”
The “Go Georgie Go” youngster’s battle with Global Development Delay has touched Scarborough, smashing all fundraising targets within weeks.
And on the family’s Facebook page, well-wishers have reacted with delight, with one calling it the “best Christmas present ever”.
But while other children his age will spend the run up to Christmas watching films and getting excited for the big day, Georgie will instead embark on arduous 120-mile round trips for therapy.
They will help him build up strength, and to help him communicate, two things he’s struggled with for all of his short life. The sessions will involve technology that was designed for NASA astronauts, to help them rebuild strength on their muscles and spine upon returning from space.
Georgie, who loves Pharrell Williams’ hit “Happy,” will also use classical music as part of his non-physical therapy.
The courses have been funded through the first £5,000 raised through the Go Georgie Go campaign, which has since raised over £1,000 more. Georgie will need many more courses of treatment, meaning there’s more fundraising to do in 2015.
But the surge of support that greeted the campaign from the start has left the family hopeful that the cash can be raised. Naomi admits Scarborough’s support for her “little angel” has left her overwhelmed. “I was just in shock and total disbelief about how kind and generous everyone was.
“The fundraising has just gone better than we ever could have hoped for – we are miles and miles ahead of where we thought we’d be at this stage.”
Looking ahead to the New Year, the Go Georgie Go campaign has been looked at as several major organisations’ “Charity of the Year”. It’s hoped as much as £20,000 could be raised over the next 12 months. Among the more madcap fundraising events planned is a sponsored skydive, and in February and a Black Tie Valentine’s Ball will be held at the Grand Hotel. Georgie’s condition is largely unheard of but not uncommon and means he’s unable to walk unaided or properly communicate. He’s managed a few words, including “Mummy”. Visit www.justgiving.com/GoGeorgieGo to donate.