£35,000 donation helps disabled Doncaster boy’s appeal to halfway stage

William Moreland.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
William Moreland. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

A kind-hearted benefactor has given an amazing boost to a disabled Doncaster youngster - by donating half of the total needed to fund an operation to help him walk for the first time.

An appeal to raise £70,000 for Doncaster boy William Moreland, three, to undergo life-changing surgery in the USA only kicked off a few weeks ago - but a staggering one-off donation of £35,000 has left campaign organiser Michelle Gale, William’s mum, stunned.

She said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed. I got an email saying someone would like to donate half the total. I thought I was seeing things and was absolutely elated, I was running around screaming - its fantastic, incredible - all those things rolled into one.”

The couple behind the donation have opted not to be named but spoke to the Free Press to explain their generosity.

They said: “We were very touched by William’s story and we were in the position to do something about it.

“Our children have grown up healthy and happy which is a blessing. So we wanted to give something back and do our bit.

“We hope it will encourage others to get involved and help the appeal reach the final target.”

Michelle, of Newbolt Road, Balby, has spoken to the couple, who are not from the Doncaster area, and is hoping to meet them for the first time once the fundraising campaign is complete.

She added: “I was able to sit down with William and tell him that there are lots of kind people out there who want to help make his legs better. To get half the money in one go is stunning. There is still a long way to go but we are going to do it.”

Brave William, who has fought a string of battles to stay alive right from his conception, suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which means he cannot walk, cannot care for himself and has to use a wheelchair with an operation known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy his gateway to helping him walk.

To donate visit www.williamswish2walk.weebly.com or www.justgiving.com/Williams-Wish2Walk or text WWTW70 and a donation amount to 70070, eg WWTW70 £5.