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More than £1,000 raised for disabled boy from Bow at West Ham United game

PUBLISHED: 12:31 03 April 2012 | UPDATED: 13:31 04 April 2012

West Ham player Richardo Vaz Te wears Joshua's wrist band

West Ham player Richardo Vaz Te wears Joshua's wrist band

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More than a £1,000 was raised at last Saturday's West Ham United game to help pay for "life changing" treatment for a two-year old boy with brain damage.

Joshua Haroon, aged 2, from Bow was born with extensive brain damage, which led to him developing cerebral palsy, visual impairment and epilepsy.

His parents David and Tara started a fundraising campaign, called Joshua’s Journey, which include selling wrist bands to help pay for treatment to improve his communication and movements.

His dad David said: “With the help of friends we raised £1,181,28 selling green armbands outside West Ham’s stadium. After the game the players posed for photographs in the car park. They were in good spirits even though they had lost.

“Joshua’s treatment is very expensive. But the money raised in just one day is already enough to pay for a third of a session. We had some very generous individual donations.

“Joshua has just finished a session of treatment and is responding well. It’s life changing for him. He is communicate with us through sounds he never used before and has started to reach out for things which he can’t see because he is blind.”

A block of treatment at the Bobath Centre for children with cerebral palsy is understood to cost around of £3,600.

Visit www.joshuas-journey.co.uk to find out more about the fundraising campaing.

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