Felix’s mother has paid an emotional tribute to the “overwhelming” generosity of the Harrogate community after they were donated £3,000 for a new wheelchair.
Sarah Williams shared her family’s heartbreaking tale with the Harrogate Advertiser last week, revealing they were “no longer a priority” for a new wheelchair.
Felix suffers with an undiagnosed, progressive neurological condition and is unable to sit or move independently.
Despite thinking of himself as a “normal boy”, Sarah admitted that every day was a “huge challenge” for Felix because o f his disability.
The story produced an outpouring of generosity within Harrogate, with The Rainbow Fund donating £3000 for his chair and almost £700 raised on Felix’s gofundme page.
Sarah praised the incredible response to their story but admitted that “never in their wildest dreams” did they expect the money to be raised for Felix’s new wheelchair.
She said: “I came to the Advertiser because I knew there would be a lot of people out there who would not have been aware of the situation but I didn’t expect this response.
“I didn’t plan on setting up a gofundme page but we’ve been overwhelmed by the generous offers we’ve received. It gives us confidence there are truly lovely people here.
“We were overwhelmed and overjoyed by the news that the £3,000 had been raised. You just don’t expect people to help this much.
“We’ve been so excited all week, especially after all the uncertainty. When we told Felix the great news he couldn’t stop smiling!”
Felix will now have the assessment for his new wheelchair on Thursday, September 29, with it set to arrive in six weeks time.
Sarah explained that Felix currently has to be pushed around in a “buggy” and is often picked on by schoolchildren because of its appearance.
However, the new wheelchair will allow Felix to move independently around the house and give him the opportunity to play with his family and friends.
Sarah said: “It’s so hard as a parent not being able to give your child everything they need. It’s not like it’s a new pair of shoes because all of Felix’s equipment is so expensive.
“We give him what we can but we want to give him the world, so when we can’t it’s devastating.
“The chair will be his perfect Christmas present. I want to thank the Advertiser for making all of this possible.
“At the moment he has to ask us to move from place to place. I can’t wait to see him be able to play outside with his friends and his sisters.”