Police join forces to fund boy's surgery
Stratford police have joined forces with their Christchurch counterparts to help raise money to fund a young boy's life-changing surgery.
Constable Peter Wright said they wanted to support the nationwide campaign to get Christchurch's Charlie McLaren over to St Louis in the United States for surgery which would enable him to walk again.
The 9-year-old has cerebral palsy and $100,000 is needed for the operation.
Wright said he and others on Stratford's Blue Light committee decided to get involved after they heard about five Christchurch police officers' fundraising idea to cycle from Christchurch to New Plymouth and back.
The team, known as the Racquet Ride, are expected to arrive in New Plymouth on May 5.
Wright said he had been in touch with schools and other organisations to get them involved too.
Stratford's St Joseph's School donated $400 yesterday along with the money raised by a lunch-time sausage sizzle run by Stratford police officers.
Wright said they had raised about $700 to date and with other activities planned over the next few weeks he expected this figure to grow.
He said they had received support from others, including Hawera Child Youth and Family, Riverlands, Stratford's New World supermarket and the Tutaki Youth Inc.
For more info go to www.givealittle. co.nz/cause/newlegsforcharlie
Taranaki Daily News