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Car donation drives fundraising for Timperley boy in need
AN Altrincham mechanic has helped drive a fundraising campaign forwards – by donating funds raised from the sale of a car to a little boy in need.
Five-year-old Myles Sherry-Starkey, from Timperley, was born 10 weeks early and has cerebral palsy, which affects his walking and general mobility.
He recently underwent a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation, which will help improve his ability to walk and avoid further degeneration.
But Myles now requires a range of aftercare activities, such as horse riding, climbing and swimming, all of which is very expensive according to his dad, Wayne Starkey.
Wayne, of Ridley Drive, said: “It’s long term because Myles will need extensive physiotherapy until he’s an adult really. On the NHS you get one physio for an hour a week, so most people are self-funding now.”
Which is where Dave Hunter, owner of Independent Garage Services, came in.
One of Dave’s long term customers, Reg McGloghlin, died earlier this year and his former wife and long-term business partner, Elaine McGloghlin, did not know what to do with his car – so asked Dave to take it off her hands.
“It was a lovely car so it wasn’t something we were going to scrap, but it just felt wrong that we could profit from it, we’d looked after it for five years already,” said Dave.
He then sold the Volvo S80 for £995 and decided to donate the money to a good cause in the community, and chose Myles.
Wayne, who works as an engineer, said: “I was ecstatic, we’ve set a target of £10,000 but I’d be happy with £1,500, it’s all going to help Myles at the end of the day.
Elaine and her daughter Helen, who now runs the family business McGloughlin Hearing, said Reg would be ‘thrilled’ that his car had helped someone who really needs it.
You can help Wayne reach his fundraising target by donating at justgiving.com/myles4smiles, any excess funds raised will be donated to the Tree of Hope.
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