A delighted mother has thanked caring fund-raisers who collected thousands of pounds to buy an assistance dog for her young son.
More than £8,000 has been raised in just a few weeks to pay for a sensory dog for five-year-old Freddie Winnard, from Orrell.
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The Billinge St Aiden’s Primary School pupil has autism and has never spoken a word, but his mother Stefanie Hurst believes a dog could make a huge difference for him.
Her friend and colleague, sport therapist Andy Pinkerton, organised a challenge to scale the height of Burj Khalifa in Dubai - the world’s tallest building - on stair climbers at Total Fitness in Marus Bridge.
Eight people took part and the cash came rolling in.
Stefanie, who works as a physiotherapist at the gym, said: “I want to thank everyone for their generosity. I can’t put into words how thankful I am and how kind everyone has been. I just didn’t ever think it would be possible.”
She said she would be “forever grateful” to Andy for leading the fund-raising.
Andy, who lives in Winstanley, said: “Everything has gone really well. We have had great support and it has been a great success.”
He had planned to organise further events, but will not need to do that after reaching the target.
Stefanie and her partner Dean Winnard, who also have a two-year-old son, are now going through the process of getting a sensory dog for Freddie.
They will take part in an assessment later this week and hope to have a dog in around nine months.