HIS name is Rio and he has an army of friends.
Little Rio Vicary is almost blind and will probably never be able to walk or talk.
But people from across Sheffield are rallying around to help the 13-month-old enjoy growing up as much as any little boy.
Mum Gemma Wright, aged 27, from Halfway, is fundraising to help provide Rio with his own sensory room, filled with toys, vivid colours and smells to stimulate his senses.
And kind-hearted members of the Seven Hills Scooter Club were all revved up to do their bit to help provide the room.
They held a rally on St George’s Day when they raised a total of £500.
The event was hosted by local DJ Fatpiggy MC - real name Jamie Young - at the Sheaf House pub, Bramall Lane.
Jamie said: “We were all moved to read about Rio’s appeal in The Star and decided to do our bit.
“The £500 we raised will takes total amount to more than £6,000 which will help towards finishing his own sensory room.
A laser has already been bought and that is helping already.”
The scooter club, which meets at the Sheaf House every Wednesday night and has more than 50 members, has raised more than £1,200 for local charities in the past three years.
Rio suffers from angelman syndrome, a rare genetic chromosome disorder that affects about one in 25,000 new babies. It causes severe learning difficulties, movement problems and epilepsy.
Mum Gemma said: “Angelman means my son may never walk or only be able to walk short distances and will never be able to talk.
“Not only has my boy got angelman syndrome, but he also has albinism so he is legally blind.
“This is why I want my boy to have a sensory room in his own surroundings to help him see lights.
“He is such a happy little boy. Rio has a happy demeanour and is always laughing and smiling.
“But he will need lifelong care and intense therapies to help develop functional skills and improve his quality of life.”
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