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A THREE-year-old boywho cannot walk unaided is to have an opera- tion at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, but his familymust raise £30,000 for his rehabilitation. Jamie Maynard, who lives with

dad and mum, Tim and Donna, and sister Robyn (5), at Bingley Close, Snodland suffers from spastic diplegia cerebral palsy which results in hismuscles being tight in his legs. He uses a walker for short distances but otherwise has to be in a wheelchair. He will have a selective dorsal rhizotomy operation which will re- duce the spasticity in his legs and may allow him to walk. Donna explained that keyhole surgery on his spine will destroy the nerve endings which cause the

Tim and Donna with Jamie and his sister Robyn

tightness in his legs. His feet will then be flat and he has got to build up hismuscles and learn to walk. Jamie will need specialised equipment and intense physio- therapy for at least 12 months after the operation.Other therapy could include horse riding, hydrotherapy and swimming. Donna said: "To be able to see our gorgeous little boy play ith his

JAMIE’S friend Joe Scudder (3) also suffers from cerebral palsy but he is going to walk a mile to raise money for Jamie. Joe's mum, Liz, of Roman Road ex- plained he was only affected physically and mildly. His legs and arm muscles are tighter than normal, so while he can walk he has “wobbly legs” and feels the effects after an especially long walk. Joe (pictured) met Jamie when they

big sister and his friends would be themost amazing thing." Posters have been displayed in

shop windows and noticeboards in the town and a fund-raising events areplanned.AsTownTalkwentto press, £6,200 had been raised. To donate, log on to www.tree- or to the Facebook page Jamie’s wish to walk.

Friend Joe plans to go the extra mile

were both having physiotherapy. Liz said: "Joewants to help his friend and is taking part in a sponsored walk on May 4. He will be walking amile. "These boys are amazing and truly in- spiring. They don't moan or complain and they approach every challenge with huge smiles and determination." To sponsor Joe go to www.justgiv- He has already raised £2,425.

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Local news for Snodland and Halling £30k to get Jamie walking Angus training

for marathon A SNODLAND man who started running for charity four years ago will be taking part in the London Marathon on April 26.

Angus Bennison, of Tom Joyce Close, will raise money for Sense, which sup- ports chil- dren and adults who are deaf and blind.

Angus, whomoved to Snodland

from Sussex in 2006, has been deaf and blind since he was a baby. He has worked as a nursing auxiliary at Leybourne Grange and Birling House, High Street, Snodland. He has taken part in a number

of marathons and always runs with a bucket to collect money for charity on the way. Angus, a member of Larkfield Athletics Club, is being supported by the Co-op Food Store in the High Street and Snodland Work- ing Mens Club, Holborough Road. To sponsor him go to son.

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