Staff in our Teesside store have launched a fundraising extravaganza to help Middlesbrough tot Finley Ingles get life-changing treatment in America.
Four-year-old Finley, from Marton, has Hypothalamic Harmatoma, a rare inoperable brain tumour which causes him severe health problems including daily seizures, delayed cognitive development and hormonal problems.
Finley’s only hope for a more normal life is to have laser ablation surgery – a procedure only performed in the USA that can cost as much as £150,000.
After hearing of Finley’s plight, staff at the Barker and Stonehouse furniture store decided to organise three weeks of Americana-themed events to help raise vital cash towards getting Finley his treatment, starting last Thursday.
Store Manager Steve Baxter said: “Visitors to our store on Friday certainly got a surprise to see us all dressed in red, white and blue – it certainly made a change from our usual uniforms!”
“Our staff have really got on board with the costumes and decorations, and we’ve also had an Americana-themed bake off with some very elaborate cakes created. We’re hoping to raise as much as we possibly can for Finley and his family.”
Finley’s mum Kara said: “If Finley can get the treatment in America and it’s a success, it would stop him from having his daily seizures, possibly put a stop to his hormonal problems and help with his cognitive development.
“I’m so grateful to everyone at Barker and Stonehouse for their support – and to everyone else who’s donated to Finley’s fund so far, we’ve been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.”
To help raise the money for Finley needs to get treatment in either Texas or Arizona in the USA, visit www.gofundme.co.uk/finleysmedicalfund