Race against time to help toddler Ollie - make a donation

Hopeful: Ollie Saxton, three, needs a �55,000 operation in America.
Hopeful: Ollie Saxton, three, needs a �55,000 operation in America.
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A FAMILY from Sheffield is in a race against time to raise enough money to send their disabled son to America for a £55,000 operation to help him walk.

Rachel Tinsley and her husband Russell Saxton have just four weeks to pay a £27,000 bill for the operation on their brave three-year-old son Ollie, who has cerebral palsy.

The procedure could allow Ollie to walk independently for the first time - but he has to have it soon before complications with his hips worsen.

Friends and supporters of the family, from Intake, have already raised £20,000 for the operation.

But now Rachel, 33, and Russell, 31, have received a letter saying they have less than a month to pay half the money - more than £27,000 - and still have £7,000 to find.

Rachel, a fitness instructor at Ponds Forge sports centre, said: “It is breaking my heart. We are so close to giving Ollie the opportunity of a lifetime but I feel that it is slipping away because we can’t raise the money.

“I have had friends and family doing everything they can but we are still off the target.”

Ollie is scheduled to have his operation in January at the St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, America.

Rachel, also mum to Riegan, 10, and Evie, five, is terrified the procedure will be cancelled if they do not find the cash. She said: “We have fundraising events planned in the run up to Christmas, but this will be for nothing if we can’t raise the money.

* To help contact the Caudwell Children Charity on 01782 600114 or visit www.justgiving.com/sendollietostlouis