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Mystery £1000 donation helps cerebral palsy sufferer Ben Baddeley begin latest treatment – Mirror.co.uk

Cerebral palsy sufferer Ben Baddeley has been boosted after a mystery donor helped pay for vital treatment.

His family has told how an anonymous donation of £1,000 means Ben, 12, can start his post-op physiotherapy again to help him walk.

The family ran out of cash after a long-running dispute with the NHS over funding.

Delighted mum Amy, 32, of Silverdale, Staffs, said it was their own little Easter miracle, saying: “I actually cried with relief when I saw the anonymous donation.

“His treatment can start again now, giving me a bit of breathing space to fund raise.”

She added: “I cried with relief when I saw the anonymous donation. His treatment can start again now, giving me a bit of breathing space to raise funds.”

A sponsor also provided Easter eggs for an event tomorrow at Silverdale county park.

North Staffs Clinical Commissioning Group has told Amy and Gary Baddeley they will not pay for his physiotherapy Ben needs.

Ben with mum Amy (Photo: Daily Mirror)

Their request for help came after Mirror readers helped to raise £20,000 to privately fund two selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) operations cancelled by the NHS due to Tory cuts in Feb 2014.

Family, friends, and supporters gave another £30,000 for follow up treatment.

But the Baddeleys have now run out money, and may make a bid to get the £11,000 fee for Ben’s first op returned.

They were told to write to the Parliamentary Ombudsman if they disagree with the funding decision. Amy added: “His physio which costs up to £1400-a-month. But the muscles around his hips are weak and he needs it to make them stronger.”

Cheryl Hardisty, North Staffs CCG director of commissioning promised ‘to resolve this long standing issue’ over funding in a letter to the Baddeleys last March.

But it has yet to be resolved, and they have declined to comment on the case due to patient confidentiality.

It is estimated that one in every 400 UK children is affected by cerebral palsy, with 1,800 babies diagnosed each year.

• The Egg Hunt and FunDay today is at Noah’s Wood, Silverdale County Park, Staffs. on Saturday 14th from 11 am to 3 pm.


Source: Mystery £1000 donation helps cerebral palsy sufferer Ben Baddeley begin latest treatment – Mirror.co.uk