The mum of a disabled two-year-old is hoping a book written by the youngster’s uncle will raise money towards his treatment.
Joanne Hudson, 30, wants to produce the story of a wheelchair-user called Tommy, who helps his nan and grandad on the family farm – which is based on her own son.
It is hoped funds from the book will pay for special physiotherapy in London for Joanne’s son Thomas, who has cerebral palsy in all four limbs.
Tommy at the Farm came from an idea by Thomas’s uncle, Adam Kirkby, who, after watching children’s TV with Thomas, wondered why there had not yet been a children’s character who uses a wheelchair.
The story is inspired by Thomas’s visits to his grandad’s farm in Cockerham.
Adam, 28, drafted the book and was encouraged by Joanne to give it to Thomas for Christmas in 2013.
Thomas was born ten weeks early in September 2011.
During labour or after his birth, Thomas suffered bilateral periventricular leukomalacia, a type of brain damage from a hypoxic event.
Thomas has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
He has stiffness (increased tone) in all four limbs and poor core stability (low tone).
He cannot roll, sit or walk independently. Physiotherapy is important for Thomas to increase his strength and stamina so that he can learn to move to the best of his ability.
Thomas’s family want to raise money to be able to provide him with as many opportunities as possible to complement his physiotherapy.
They want to take Thomas to the Bobath Centre in London every four to six months, treatment which costs around £5,000 for two weeks.
Furthermore, his family need equipment to aid and encourage his independence.
Joanne, who lives in Cabus, said: “We get physio for Thomas but there are always extra things we need that aren’t available, such as equipment and treatment.
“I developed a Facebook page to try to raise money and also applied for funding from various charities.
“My brother Adam came up with the idea of producing a book to raise funds.
“He based it on Thomas and his grandfather’s farm.
“Thomas loves books; he is quite immobile and from a very early age he loved turning the pages of books.
“He looks at the pictures and knows who the characters in Adam’s book are meant to be.
“We now want to try to get it published or get some support to get it printed ourselves.”
Joanne is also appealing for Twitter users to follow @Tommyatthefarm and suggest a name for Tommy’s neighbour.
For more information, visit www.tommyatthefarm.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.