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Village aiming to raise £25k for its 'little star'

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

  • INSPIRATION: Daniel hopes surgery will improve his ability to keep up with his friends.

  • THANK YOU: Daniel Farlow at home with his family in Trewoon, where villagers have started a fundraising campaign to help speed his recovery and make life easier after a major spinal operation.

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A COMMUNITY has rallied together to help make a seven-year-old boy's life easier following a major operation.

Daniel Farlow, who lives on Trevanion Road in Trewoon, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy aged 2.

"As he gets older he's becoming more aware he can't keep up with his friends and gets very frustrated and angry because his mind wants to do it but his body won't let him," said mum Karen.

He is due to undergo a pioneering procedure on his spine in the next six months which it's hoped will improve the quality of his life.

Following the surgery, he will require intensive physiotherapy and aftercare which will be mostly funded by his family. "We've been told the physiotherapy afterwards is just as important as the operation. He'll effectively need to learn to walk again," said his mum.

Various pieces of equipment are needed to aid his recovery such as a treadmill, balance board, exercise bike and mobility tricycle suitable for his needs and abilities.

Modifications will also be needed to the family home to accommodate Daniel's wheelchair, bringing the total fundraising target to £25,000.

Kindhearted villagers have joined forces to create a charity called Dare To Be Daniel which will last a year.

On Saturday the team is officially launching the charity with a coffee morning at Trewoon Village Hall from 10am to noon.

"Daniel's an inspiration – a little star," said events co-ordinator Elaine Hamley. "Besides fundraising, we're also seeking help wherever we can. We appreciate that there are so many charities seeking help but ours is a one-off plea.

"Daniel leads as normal a life as possible with his limitations, but we're going to do what we can for 12 months to get him on his way. Donations are already coming in so we're under way – there's no stopping us now."

Karen said: "It's been quite unreal, really.

"I've heard it said that people aren't so close any more but total strangers have been willing to help. It's mind-boggling."

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