Fundraising bid for little Cameron

Four-year-old Cameron Harper of Whitwood with his father Paul.
Four-year-old Cameron Harper of Whitwood with his father Paul.

DETERMINED parents Nicola and Paul Harper are trying to raise cash for a special home hydrotherapy pool for their four-year-old son Cameron who has cerebral palsy.

The Whitwood couple say Cameron needs the pool, which could cost up to £10,000, because his monthly hospital hydrotherapy sessions are not enough.

Mr Harper, 31, of Pasture Drive, said: “We started fundraising when we realised the sessions Cameron was having at Pinderfields Hospital once a month just weren’t adequate.

“Trying to get booked in at the pool for extra sessions is just impossible because the demand is so high, so we thought the only way he could benefit from more sessions would be to have them at home.

“We have now collected around £10,000 for the Cameron Harper Fund which we think will be enough to get the pool installed, but there are so many things that keep coming up that the fundraising is ongoing.

“Cameron means everything in the world to us and we want him to have the best equipment to work with.”

Cameron and his twin sister Kacey were born at just 28 weeks and transferred to intensive care for ten weeks.

They both had holes in their heart and bleeds and fluid on the brain and Kacey – who made a full recovery – also needed treatment for a burst lung.

When Cameron was taken home from hospital his parents noticed he was not reaching his milestones and, after an MRI scan, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Mr Harper added: “We are raising money at the moment for future opportunities and any equipment which can make Cameron’s life easier to live.”

A spokesman for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said the trust was unable to comment.

The next fundraising event for Cameron will be a rugby match between Castleford Rugby Union Club and Cutskye Raiders at the Castleford Rugby Union Club ground, Willowbridge Lane, at 3pm on Saturday April 28, which will also be raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

There will be face painting, and refreshments. For more information call Mr Harper on 07595 822184.