A big fundraising update and a lot of thanks

13 Jul



As many of you will be aware, we got the good news in February that Wes was an ideal candidate for SDR surgery in the USA.   Since then a lot of time has gone into planning when this could happen – balancing Wes’ needs and development with the availability of surgery slots.  At one point, it looked as though we might be flying out to St Louis this year.  However, after a lot of advice from specialists, we’ve decided to slightly postpone surgery ‘til July 2015.

Over the next year, this will give Wes time to build more strength, suppleness and generally mature enough to get the most out of his time in St Louis.  Following the operation, Wes needs 5 weeks of intensive outpatient physiotherapy and rehabilitation.  This is a tough demand for any kid, so being slightly older will really help out with this.

The great news is, though, thanks to everyone’s amazing help, we’ve now raised and saved enough money to cover the operation and the immediate after care.

Special thanks must go to:

  • The Bank of England Leeds Half Marathon Team – for the second year in a row raising well over £3,000 for Wes
  • Guiseley Lions for massive donations from the charity football match, beer festival and for being generally awesome people
  • Guiseley AFC & supporters for organising a Walk for Wesley, which raised £665
  • Tony and the team at The Station Pub, for the recent Guiseley Music Festival, which raised over £1,200!
  • Sue and Simon Richmond, the lovely people at Bleach Mill House, for putting on a coffee and  cakes day for Wes.
  • Margaret and John Barnes and the other members of The Aireborough Gilbert & Sullivan Society for their fantastic production of The Mikado earlier this year and generous donations to Wes.
  • The good people of Nunwood Consulting Ltd. for their recent cake sale and silent auction
  • Nuffield Health Guiseley for not only putting on the inaugural Toughfield Event, but also a lovely summer fair to support Wes
  • Rachael Robinson & Mareli Ridgeway for single-handedly taking on The Yorkshire 3 Peaks on one of the hottest days of the year.  Amazing stuff!
  • Ed & the lads who took on the South Downs Way
  • Nevis Sport in Kendal for their collections for Wes
  • The brave men of St Mary’s School who volunteered to wax their legs for Wes (ouch!) & all the Year 10 students who helped out in less painful ways!
  • Wes’ Nana, Jackie, and Aunt, Gina,  for organising another successful ‘Swish’
  • Wesley’s grandma’s neighbour, Pam, who really kindly donated her 60th birthday money


This is in addition to the massive list of wonderful people who have already helped out at the start of this year and in 2013.  Huge thanks everyone: we’re over the moon to be able to give Wes this chance.


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