Brave boy's positive attitude inspires donation

THE positive attitude of a five-year-old Ashurst boy with cerebral palsy has prompted a charity donation from Sussex Police.

Thursday, 30th January 2014, 2:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 5:59 am
Sergeant Dave Palmer with Oliver, five, and his father, Jean-Marc Poinsignon

A cheque for £400 went to the charity Tree of Hope after officers were contacted by Jean-Marc Poinsignon, who is raising money for his son, Oliver, to undergo Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery.

Sergeant Dave Palmer, from the Brighton and Hove division, said: “Oliver recently visited our police station to meet the team and we were all moved by his determination and positive attitude.

“This donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund, which is made up of monies received by police from property, confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

“I am delighted that we have been able to make this donation to such a worthy cause.”

Tree of Hope works with families of sick children in the UK who need specialist medical surgery and it is working closely with Oliver’s family.

Jean Marc said: “Despite his disability, Oliver is a very intelligent, charismatic and fun loving little boy, who is already only too aware of his limitations.”

To be able to walk with a normal gait would be truly life-changing, he added.