Cay­man walks tall for cause

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A FAM­ILY of fundrais­ers have set them­selves a new tar­get to say thank you to the char­i­ties which sup­port them.

Harry Nor­ton, 13, has raised more than £60,000 for the char­i­ties which help his broth­ers Cay­man, eight, and Reims, 15, who both have se­vere com­plex drug re­sis­tant epilepsy, se­vere learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and autism.

Now younger brother Cay­man is tak­ing on his own chal­lenge as a spe­cial thank you to Caud­well Chil­dren Char­ity, which took the fam­ily on a hol­i­day of a life­time to Dis­ney­land and pro­vided Cay­man with a spe­cial sup­port frame which has en­abled him to walk un­aided.

Cay­man couldn’t walk af­ter he suf­fered a se­ries of se­vere seizures when he was two-and-a-half.

But now, thanks to the walk­ing frame, he is back walk­ing and tak­ing part in a 2k char­ity walk.

Mum An­gela, 43, who lives on Ham­ble Way, Mac­cles­field, said: “When Cay­man was two-and-a-half he suf­fered 35 seizures in one day and ended up in hos­pi­tal for four months.

“He re­gressed from be­ing a tod­dler to be­ing like a baby who couldn’t walk or do any­thing for him­self. In the last six to eight months he’s had this frame and he’s learned to walk again and it’s all down to the Caud­well.” She added: “We be­lieve in giv­ing back to the char­i­ties that have sup­port us.

“Harry has raised £60,000 for the Seashell Trust and the Donna Louise Chil­dren’s Hos­pice and now Cay­man is do­ing it.”

In 2013 the whole fam­ily were taken to Dis­ney­land as part of the Caud­well Char­ity’s Des­ti­na­tion Dreams pro­gramme.

An­gela, who is a full time carer for her boys, said: “Go­ing on hol­i­day is some­thing that we never could have done.

“We couldn’t have af­forded it, we couldn’t have done it be­cause of phys­i­cal con­straints, and we could never have got the med­i­cal in­sur­ance.

“Des­ti­na­tion dreams took care of ev­ery­thing. We also made some won­der­ful friends with the other fam­i­lies who were on the trip.

“It’s lovely be­cause we were all in the same boat and for once you don’t feel dif­fer­ent to ev­ery­body else.”

Reims takes part in the Caud­well Chil­dren Des­ti­na­tion Dreams walk in Au­gust with the sup­port of brother Harry, who is a stu­dent at Kings, and big brother Reims will also join in us­ing his wheel­chair.

To spon­sor the broth­ers go to just­giv­ing. com/An­gela-Nor­ton1.

●● Cay­man (right) is do­ing a char­ity walk with help from Harry and Reims

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