Region’s generosity lets Seb stand alone

SDR4SEB.Seb Strudwick with Formula 1 signed items.'111109M-E419
SDR4SEB.Seb Strudwick with Formula 1 signed items.'111109M-E419

A SOUTH Northants toddler is taking everything in his stride as the fund raising campaign to help give him an independent life draws to a close.

In January Seb Strudwick returned from the United States after the selective dorsal rhizotomi operation to free cramped tendons caused by cerebral palsy.

The operation happened after his parents Amy and Dan smashed a £45,000 fund raising target, reaching £60,000 in six months.

Mr Strudwick said they were amazed at the generosity of people and only planned initially to raise enough for the operation, with physiotherapy just an after thought. Now they nearly have enough cash to continue physiotherapy sessions necessary to avoid the need for future operations and have organised one last fund raising event for June. Seb is currently being driven to Bedford by his mother three times a week for physiotherapy.

Mr Strudwick said his son always had the energy and spirit of any toddler and the events of the last few months had not phased him.

He added said: “The other day at phyiso he managed to stand up on his own, Not for a long period of time, but that was unthinkable before. So we have seen a massive improvement.

“But he’s not changed, he’s just Seb, he’s just friendly, and takes everything in his stride.”

The SDR4SEB campaign found support across the Advertiser and Review region through coffee mornings, garden parties, a poker tournament, a sponsored bike ride and a go-karting Grand Prix.

Most notably Mr Strudwick used his contacts as a worker at Mercedes GP Petronas to hold an F1 memorabilia auction which raised £17,000 and included a pair Sebestian Vettel’s undergarments.

Items left-over from the auction will be sold at a fund raising ball on Saturday, June 23 at Potterspury Lodge School. The auction will feature a visor signed F1 driver Heikki Kovalainen, and live entertainment will be provided by local band The Red Bullets.