Devon pub to donate to crowdfund of boy 8, who dreams of ‘walking on his feet’

A pub in Devon will be donating to the fundraiser of an eight-year old boy who has cerebral palsy.

Eddie Weston was born 10 weeks early weighing just 3lbs 8oz and has cerebral palsy.

Now aged eight, his family from Bampton aim to raise £60,000 for selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery and two years of intensive physiotherapy to ensure Eddie doesn’t lose his ability to walk with his frame and tripod sticks.

The Red Lion at Oakford will be offering home-made rose veal burgers from the Weston family farm for £13, £5 of which will be donated to Eddie’s fund.

Eddie Weston

In an attempt to raise the funds, Eddie’s family are holding a series of fundraising events.

The events have included a ‘5K trike ride’ by Eddie along the Tarka Trail as well as a virtual bake off competition.

Additionally, on September 28 Eddies mum Lowri, will be allowing the stylists at Bampton’s ‘The Salon’ to do whatever they like with her long blonde hair, pledging to stick with the results for four weeks in aid of the fund.

Lowri said: ”We’re so grateful that the community has got behind us with our fundraising.

”Eddie is such a happy, smiley boy with a passion for all things farming.

”He likes going to Cubs and Frame Football and enjoys Lego, baking and gaming.

The Red Lion will be serving veal burgers with £5 of each sale going toward the fundraiser

”We want Eddie to be more independent and to retain as much mobility as possible as he grows.

”We also want to give him the best chance of taking more independent steps so he can achieve his dream of ‘walking with his feet’ and ‘being free.’

Charity Tree of Hope is supporting the family in their fundraising efforts. Tree of Hope helps families to fundraise for children’s operations, therapies and equipment that are unobtainable via the NHS and provides access to a registered charity providing more effective and efficient ways of fundraising, unlike traditional crowdfunding.

Lowri will be allowing stylists to do whatever they like with her long blonde hair

CEO Gill Gibb said: ‘We’re delighted to be supporting Eddie and his family. It’s great to see they have so much help from their community and wish them all the best in reaching their fundraising target.’

Eddies friend, Lillymay will be running a pumpkin-carving competition with a box of sweets as a prize in order to raise money for the cause. To donate to ‘Pumpkins for Eddie’ click here.

For more information or to donate to Eddie’s fundraiser click here.

To book in at Red Lion, Oakford, call 01398 351569.

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