MORE than £10,000 has been raised by a family looking to fund a life-changing celebration for a young boy.
Samuel Hosker, from Blackburn, suffers from cerebral palsy and a campaign has been set up to raise £30,000 for surgery which will prevent him being wheelchair bound.
His sister Charli, 17, has taken part in a 15,000ft skydive with eight friends which has raised around £5,000 for the cause.
An online JustGiving page has also collected more than £9,400 so far for the eight-year-old.
The jump took place at Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancaster.
Samuel’s mother Michelle Hosker said: “I’m really pleased with how it’s all been going so far.
“Samuel is doing really well, he’s loving it, he feels like he’s famous all the support he has been getting.”
Samuel is unable to walk without his frame and will be fully dependent on a wheelchair if he doesn’t get the operation in two years.
The spinal dorsal rhizotomy surgery will relax the muscles in his legs which will enable him to carry on using his frame.
If the funding is raised the operation would be carried out at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.
He would then need a series of intense physiotherapy sessions to help him recover.
Samuel was born three months prematurely and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 10-months-old.
Without the operation, Samuel will be fully dependent on a wheelchair within two years.
A serious of fundraising events have already been staged and more are being planned for the future.
For more information or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Samuel-Hosker.
So far more than 450 people have donated to the cause via the online fundraising page.