Hove firefighters to collect unwanted Christmas trees to fund life-changing op for 8-year-old

Posted On 25 Dec 2016 at 10:56 am

Firefighters are offering to take away unwanted Christmas trees for a fiver to raise money for a life-changing operation for an eight-year-old boy.

The crew members from Hove Fire Station will spend Saturday 7 January on their fundraising drive on behalf of a local schoolboy called Oliver Sharman.

Oliver has cerebral palsy and hopes to have an operation to help him to walk again.

Station Manager Scott Saunders said: “There is no cure for cerebral palsy but Oliver has been offered hope by Great Ormond Street Children Hospital as he is a good candidate for the life-changing operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR).

“Unfortunately, this procedure is not funded by the NHS nor is all the post-operation physiotherapy, required for the next couple of years.

“The bill from Great Ormond Street Hospital is £27,000 and the cost of rehabilitation related to SDR is £10,000 per year.”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “If you would like to do your bit for charity and get that unwanted festive tree out of your home on Saturday 7 January, just text Scott on 07876 133672.”

Oliver Sharman

Oliver Sharman

To donate or just to find out more about little Oliver, visit oliversharman.com.

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