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Charity hits target to help brave Daniel take first steps to recovery

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

CUT ABOVE:  Daniel Morgan with barbers Simon Greaves and Matt Chivers, who will be taking part in a charity bike ride from Leckhampton to Bristol

CUT ABOVE: Daniel Morgan with barbers Simon Greaves and Matt Chivers, who will be taking part in a charity bike ride from Leckhampton to Bristol

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HEART-WARMING generosity from across Gloucestershire has kept young schoolboy Daniel Morgan's dream of walking alive.

A campaign to raise £54,000 for a life-changing operation for the Leckhampton six- year-old has soared past its target since launching in May.

Just five months on, donations have hit the £74,000 mark.

The extra money will provide physiotherapy sessions for Daniel – crucial to his recovery and development.

Daniel will fly to Missouri with his parents and sister Lucy, four, to undergo a three-hour operation.

The operation, which should ease the tightness in Daniel's legs caused by spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, will be performed by renowned surgeon Dr TS Park at the St Louis Children's' Hospital next month.

Doctors have told the Leckhampton-based family he should be able to walk with crutches for the first time in his life.

Hairdresser Simon Greaves is cycling 54 miles to Bristol with colleague Matt Chivers.

The pair have raised more than £1,500 from customer donations at The Billy Shears salons in Bishop's Cleeve and Prestbury and The Cutting Room in Cheltenham.

"My son Monty goes to the same school and I first noticed Daniel at a sports day," said Simon.

"He was joining in with other children, it was both moving and inspiring.

"I read about his story in the Echo and wanted to help.

"Like so many others, his story struck a chord with me."

The pair will leave Cheltenham at 5am on Sunday to get to Bristol in time for Matt to complete a bungee jump for the charity.

In June, 15-year-old Bournside pupil Fraser Hopkins was sponsored to have his head shaved.

Former Cheltenham Town FC player Paul Collicutt raised cash by auctioning off hospitality boxes for the Robins' Wembley play-off final.

Echo readers donated thousands more.

Daniel's mum, Helen, said the family had been overwhelmed by public generosity.

"For people to give up so much of their time has been incredible," she said. "The efforts of Simon and Matt is a fine example of that.

"Like any six-year-old boy, Daniel is apprehensive about having such a major operation, but we will all be there for him.

"To exceed our target is amazing. The extra money will help pay for two years of extensive physiotherapy that would otherwise not be available on the NHS.

"This will be crucial to his recovery and development."

To find out more about Daniel, visit www.helpdanielfindhisfeet.blogspot. co.uk.

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