Race against time to raise op money

Cameron Garner with Dr John Goodden, who performed his surgery.
Cameron Garner with Dr John Goodden, who performed his surgery.

A Doncaster family who faced re-mortgaging their home to pay for their son’s operation have paid tribute to a mystery benefactor who donated £11,000.

For the last month parents Malcolm Hall and Clare Garner, in association with national charity Caudwell Children, have been busy trying to raise the £35,000 they needed to pay for their son Cameron Garner, 7, of Anchorage Lane in Spotbrough to have a life changing operation - which would see Cameron walk for the first time unaided.

Despite people across the district raising thousands of pounds for Cameron the family were still £11,000 short when the brave youngster, who was born with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, went down for the operation.

Malcolm said: “Even if it meant re-mortgaging our house, we would have done whatever it took to pay for his operation. When Cameron was having the operation, we were so worried, so I thought I’d try and distract myself by looking on his Just Giving page. I was amazed to find out someone had donated the rest of the money. I just wish we knew who the person was so we could thank them for the amazing thing they’ve done for Cameron. I also want to thank everyone who had been involved with the fundraising, we’ve been overwhelmed.”

A spokesperson for Caudwell Children said the anonymous donor had been watching Cameron’s appeal very closely, and was ‘always going to make sure’ Cameron could have his operation.

Cameron is now recovering, undergoing daily physiotherapy and dad Malcolm says he hopes he will be walking by Christmas.