The lifelong dream of a severely disabled teenager to visit Australia will finally be realised thanks to donations from kind-hearted people.
Staff at the BP Garage in Raunds presented Corey Haseley, 17, from Wellingborough, with £1,100 this week, taking the grand total raised for his trip to almost £8,000.
This is just about enough for Corey, his mum and two carers to travel to Perth in September.
The garage staff raised the money for Corey by wearing animal-themed fancy dress outfits to work over the Easter weekend and appealing for donations from customers.
Corey said: “I am very grateful for what the garage staff have done for me.
“It’s my lifelong dream to visit Perth, and I want to be an ambassador for a new hospice that’s being built there.”
Garage duty manager Deb Howard read about Corey’s appeal and was inspired to help.
She said: “We had a really great response from our customers.”
Deputy manager Samantha Mardell said: “Everyone has been really generous, and the staff were all willing to make fools of themselves and join in – it was a shame we had to go back to our uniforms.”
Corey, of Bibury Close, began fundraising for his dream trip last year in order that he could raise enough funds before his condition deteriorates further and he is no longer able to travel.
Since then several donations from well-wishers have come in for the teenager, who suffers from a very rare life-limiting illness which eats away at his nerves, muscles and cells.
Corey’s mum Rachael said: “I am very grateful to everyone who has donated.
“This latest donation means we can hopefully go to Australia in September.”