Christmas Wish scheme will help more needy kids

James Driver and mum Tracy, who went to Disney World, Florida.
James Driver and mum Tracy, who went to Disney World, Florida.
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After a life-changing operation aimed at giving him the ability to walk unaided, James Driver was in hospital this time last year.

The Rothwell nine-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and has spent much of his life in a wheelchair, was recovering from pioneering surgery to enable him to learn to walk unaided at Leeds General Infirmary when his Christmas wish came true.

James, who is a pupil at Robin Hood Junior and Infants School, was surprised by 96.3 Radio Aire and Magic 828’s Cash for Kids charity which paid for him to travel to Disney World in Florida earlier this year.

His wish of a dream trip was granted through the charity’s Christmas Wishes competition, which aims to help boost needy children in West Yorkshire.

Nominations for young people who have had a tough 2013 to have a wish granted this festive period are now open and run until December 15.

Tracy Driver, James’s mother, told the YEP: “It’s something we never thought we would ever do.

“It’s difficult to get there at any point in time nevermind when he was disabled. He just wanted anything, his main wish would be to walk but going to Disney World was out of this world.”

James, who is having physio and personal training several days each week to work on his walking, was granted a wish along with Scholes youngster Maisy Dolly, and Fraser Russell, from Harrogate, last year.

Christmas Wishes is supported by the Mears Group PLC housing maintenance firm this year.

Katy Winterschladen, regional charity manager at Cash for Kids, said: “As well as Mission Christmas, we have teamed up with Mears Group and Simplyhealth to grant four special Christmas wishes that will make a significant difference to four local children this Christmas.”

Visit to nominate and for information.

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