Tot appeal boost after couple’s £35,000 gift

William Moreland
William Moreland
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A kind-hearted benefactor has given an amazing boost to a disabled Doncaster youngster – by donating half of the total needed to fund an operation to help him walk.

An appeal to raise £70,000 for William Moreland, three, to undergo life-changing surgery in the USA only began a few weeks ago – but a staggering one-off donation of £35,000 has left William’s mum Michelle Gale stunned.

She said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed. I got an email saying someone would like to donate half the total. I thought I was seeing things. I was running around screaming – its fantastic, incredible – all those things rolled into one.”

The couple behind the donation have opted not to be named but spoke to The Star to explain their generosity.

They said: “We were very touched by William’s story and were in the position to do something about it.

“Our children have grown up healthy and happy which is a blessing. We wanted to give something back and do our bit.”

Brave William, who has fought a string of battles to stay alive right from his conception, suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which means he cannot walk, cannot care for himself, and has to use a wheelchair. An operation known as a selective dorsal rhizotomy will allow him to walk.