05 December 2012

All I want for Christmas....


By now most people will have an idea what they want for Christmas, whether it is vouchers, the latest toy, or a piece of jewellery; but for one Fleetwood boy he only has one wish this Christmas and is asking Santa for a life changing operation that will change his life forever.

Key Facts

  • The procedure is called Selective Dorals Rhizotomy (SDR) and will enable kai to walk unaided for the first time
  • His family are being supported by national charity Caudwell Children
  • His family are trying to raise £58,000 for a life changing operation
  • Kai has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy

Kai Hodgkinson(4) has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, which means the muscles in his legs are painfully tight making it impossible for him to walk without the aid of a frame.    There is hope for Kai in the form of an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) which, combined with intensive physiotherapy, could see Kai take his first independent steps and start his journey to a completely different future.

Whilst this operation would undoubtedly change Kai’s life, his family are faced with the challenge of raising the £58,000 needed to enable them to travel to St Louis Missouri and make Kai’s dream come true.  So far they have raised over £12,000 but still have a long way to go.


When we first stated fundraising we did hope that Kai would have had his operation in time for Christmas, but unfortunately raising the money has proved to be harder than anticipated. The local community have been very supportive with people running marathons, local businesses holding fundraising days and much more, but unfortunately it hasn’t been enough. It is vitally important that Kai has the operation sooner rather than later as the longer he waits for the procedure the higher the possibility of him ending up in a wheelchair. It breaks my heart that as parents we can’t give Kai the only thing he wants this Christmas.”

Kai's mum Caron

:”This operation really does change lives and to date we have helped 30 children and their families raise the funds needed. The difference this operation makes is amazing and we are asking that this Christmas when people are thinking of buying gifts they think of Kai and make a donation to his appeal or organise a fundraising activity to help him gain the independence that he deserves”

Caudwell Children CEO, Trudi Beswick

Notes To Editors

  1. Important note to donors: As long as Kai requires funds to pay for treatment in the United States, Caudwell Children will manage all payments of funds for the family. All donations made will be added to the Caudwell Children SDR Fund and will be used to help Kai and other children with Cerebral Palsy in the UK receive this life-changing treatment. About Caudwell Children To date Caudwell Children has provided services worth over £23 million to thousands of children with nearly 500 different medical conditions. The Charity is committed to changing the lives of children by providing specialist equipment, treatment and therapy as well as its annual ‘Destination Dreams’ holiday for families coping with a child’s terminal illness and their Family Support services. Caudwell Children was registered in March 2000 and is widely recognised as one of the country’s fastest growing children’s charities. Since its inception the charity has doubled every pound raised, achieved through supplier partnerships, which means every pound donated works even harder. The Charity was founded by entrepreneur, John Caudwell, whose vision was to create a sustainable children’s charity that offered benefactors’ transparency and peace of mind that 100% of their donation was being used to directly change children’s lives. By donating the cost of the Charity’s annual management and administration overheads, John has guaranteed an efficient way for individuals and businesses to change the lives of thousands of sick and disabled children living in the UK. John Caudwell remains the Charity’s largest benefactor and sits as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The Charity’s ambassadors include Hollywood actress and author, Joan Collins, actress Elizabeth Hurley, Rod and Penny Stewart, Peter Andre, Sir Bruce Bruce Forsyth and singer, Robbie Williams.

Contact's for this Release

Rebecca O

Rebecca O'Connor

Media Appeals Manager

Caudwell Children