Finedon group’s £30,000 target for brave Ben

Ben Talbot (centre) surrounded by friends and family and members of Finedon Buffs
Ben Talbot (centre) surrounded by friends and family and members of Finedon Buffs
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A family are desperately trying to raise £30,000 to send their teenage son to the US for life-changing surgery on his legs.

Ben Talbot, 14, has a condition called global development delay which means he is unable to walk or stand and has poor communication skills.

His family, including mum and dad Karen and Paul, are trying to raise £30,000 to send Ben to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri where he will have pioneering surgery to help improve the quality of his life.

The operation is not available on the NHS.

The family’s cause has been taken on by the village branch of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, which has a number of fundraising events in the pipeline.

However, the group is trying to spread the message further in a bid to reach the £30,000 total more quickly.

Member James Houghton said: “Ben is a lovely lad and everyone has rallied together to try to help him.”

His dad Paul said: “We held an event in 2012 to raise money and it really brought the whole Finedon community together.”

For more information about the appeal, or if you would like to help, contact horntowers@outlook.com or visit www.finedonbuffs.co.uk or www.helpbenfund.co.uk.