Beer festival helps Wesley's Wish

Wharfedale Observer: (6880740) Wesley's mum Catherine (left) and grandad Trevor Platt (right) with MP Stuart Andrew. (6880740) Wesley's mum Catherine (left) and grandad Trevor Platt (right) with MP Stuart Andrew.

An appeal to fund treatment to help a little boy to walk has been given a boost by beer drinkers.

Wesley's Wish Trust is one of the local good causes to benefit from thousands of pounds raised by the Guiseley and District Lions fourth annual beer festival.

The trust was set up to raise money to help two-year-old Wesley Knight, who was born prematurely and has cerebral palsy, and is unlikely to be able to walk without a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) procedure.

Wesley’s family need to raise a total of £90,000 to cover the operation in the United States as well as three years of specialist intensive physiotherapy.

The little boy's dad Tim Knight, from Guiseley, said : "Now Wesley has been accepted for surgery in the USA, we're in the process of agreeing with St Louis Children's Hospital what the most suitable date would be. This will mean five weeks out in Missouri, probably next year.

"In the meantime, Wes is doing lots of work to build up his strength and to work on his overall range of motion. This means a great deal of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and other exercise. It's tough work for a two-year old, but he's putting his heart and soul into it."

Guiseley and District Lions Club spokesman Geoffrey Tindall thanked the 30 local businesses and Coopers Bar for sponsoring the beer festival.

He said: "The event which raised £3500 was opened by our local MP Stuart Andrew when all sponsors of Guiseley Lions were invited to attend. Lively auctions, including a helicopter ride and Nuffield gym membership, were all well supported. Raffles and a fun contest to throw a coin to win a bottle of whisky also helped swell the funds."

Wesley's mum Catherine and granddad Trevor Platt were among those who visited the event to give their support.

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