The family of a Finedon teenager have issued a heartfelt thanks to fundraisers after they reached a £30,000 target to pay for pioneering surgery in the US.
The parents of Ben Talbot, 14, say they were overwhelmed by the response to their appeal to raise the money – which they launched about seven months ago.
Ben was born with a brain abnormality which present him with a number of problems doctors call Global Development Delay.
He needed corrective surgery on his legs to help improve his quality of life.
He and his family headed out to the US at the weekend and Ben is expected to undergo surgery today (Thursday).
Earlier this year, his mum and dad, Karen and Paul, teamed up with the Finedon Buffs, who have helped the family raise thousands of pounds through lots of events.
They thanked people who have helped them reach the £30,000 target in such a short space of time, saying: “We would like to thank all those who have supported our Help Ben Appeal over the past seven months.
“The response we have had has been amazing.”
The family said that Ben will need to undergo some therapy after his operation and as a result they expect to return to Finedon towards the end of October.
They will be updating the Help Ben Appeal Facebook page in the meantime.
For more information about the charity, visit www.helpbenappeal.com.