Family of little Finlay on way to charity target

Finlay has had the special helmet fitted
Finlay has had the special helmet fitted

The parents of a baby with ‘flat head’ syndrome are close to reaching their target to give a charity that supported them a financial boost.

Heidi Brown and Chris Tuppen’s son Finlay was born with plagiocephaly after being in the breach position. The little one was fitted with a helmet back in July thanks to a £900 boost from Headstart4babies.

The treatment cost a total of £2,000 and the family, from the North Harbour, has been busy raising funds to give something back to charity and raise awareness of the condition. Money the charity receives can be used to fund grants for other families.

Heidi said the family had raised 86 per cent of the target and to keep the money pouring in a raffle and clothes sale is taking place later this month.

She added, “Chris and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for supporting us and Fin during his treatment. We have been blown away by all your kind words, advice and donations. So a big, big thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

The 31-year-old said since her son’s treatment the family had seen a great improvement and in a message to friends and family, added, “Without a doubt, helmet treatment has been the best treatment for little Fin and thanks to you, we have been able to offer that to him.”

On September 28 a raffle will be held between 10am and midday at Willingdon Community School in Broad Road with lots of prizes on offer and the chance to snap up baby and toddler clothes, shoes, accessories, toys and more.

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