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Team walks hundreds of miles for meningitis survivor Cieran
FAMILY and friends of a Northwich schoolboy who had both legs amputated when he was a baby are walking 268 miles for his trust fund.
Cieran Kelso, eight, contracted meningococcal meningitis in June 2006 and lost both legs below the knee and most of his fingers.
Team Walk4Cieran, led by Cieran’s dad Gary, are walking the Pennine Way from Kirt Yetholm, in Scotland, to Edale, in Derbyshire, with the aim of raising £10,000 for new prosthetic blades for the youngster.
The 12-day trek, set to finish on October 6, is also raising money for national charity Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK.
Gary, 35, said: “Cieran’s Trust Fund was set up to give Cieran not only the best privately funded legs, flippers and blades but also to give him a bright and happy future.
“Fifteen per cent of all of the money raised from Walk4Cieran will be donated to Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK, who have tirelessly supported us throughout our journey, and we want to raise awareness of meningitis and the wonderful work that they do for families around the UK.
“We hope that people will support us by joining us for a challenging day’s walk, or to make a donation to help us reach our fundraising target.”
Cieran’s stepmum Gemma Burnett said: “I am so very proud of Gary and his love and devotion to Cieran, we also have some incredible friends who without none of this would be possible.”
The challenge follows the holiday of a lifetime for the Kelso family when they took Cieran on a surprise trip to Florida to swim with tail-less dolphin Winter, who starred in the film A Dolphin’s Tale.
Winter uses a prosthetic tail to swim while Cieran used prosthetic flippers.
Gemma said: “It was a dream come true for us all to meet Winter but it was massive for Cieran to swim with her.
“It's like he was always meant to be in the water with her, it's changed him so much and he now wants to work out in Clearwater with her and the trainers.
“The children only found out about the trip on the plane so it was the best kept secret ever!”
To join the Walk4Cieran team or to make a donation, visit walk4cieran.co.uk.
To find out more about meningitis visit meningitis-trust.org.
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