Sussex Police has donated £400 to the charity Tree of Hope after officers were contacted by Jean-Marc Poinsignon, who is raising money for his son, Oliver, to undergo Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery.
Tree of Hope works with families of sick children in the UK who need specialist medical surgery, treatment, therapy and equipment to free them from suffering. The charity is working closely with Oliver’s family to raise the money they need so that Oliver can undergo this life-changing operation.
Oliver, aged five, who has cerebral palsy, is working with his family campaigning for funds to undergo this surgery which would greatly reduce the number of orthopaedic operations that Oliver will require in the future. Most importantly, it would mean that Oliver could continue to walk unaided and without a wheelchair, even as he approaches adulthood.
Sergeant Dave Palmer said: “Oliver recently visited our police station to meet the team and we were all moved by his determination and positive attitude.”
“This donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund, which is made up of monies received by police from property, confiscated by order of the court and then sold. I am delighted that we have been able to make this donation to such a worthy cause.”
Pictured are Sergeant Palmer, Oliver and Jean-Marc Poinsignon.