FUNDRAISING to help a youngster with cerebral palsy live a more independent life has reached the halfway mark.
Owen Taylor, nine, from Whiteleas, South Shields, loves the outdoor life and often goes on holiday to the Lake District with his mum Laura Thompson.
I have practiced riding my bike around the park and managed 2.2km this week - I am determined to make everyone proud before my operation.Owen Taylor
But he’s restricted on how far he can get out and about in his wheelchair.
That’s why he and his family launched a bid to raise £3,000 to buy an all-terrain buggy.
Now £1,490 has been raised.
And Owen, a pupil at Percy Hedley School in North Tyneside, is taking part in a sponsored two-mile bike ride along South Shields coast in a bid to reach the target.
The date for the ride is likely to be the weekend before the youngster goes into the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on March 24 for an operation on his hips and feet.
Owen said: “I am hoping to do my sponsored bike ride the week before I go into hospital.
“I have practiced riding my bike around the park and managed 2.2km this week - I am determined to make everyone proud before my operation.”
If you can sponsor Owen, go to www.gofundme.com/owen2005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org