Mayfield boy Jay just wants to walk to school

Jay Johnson with gran Elaine Reilly, Jay needs surgery in the USA

Jay Johnson with gran Elaine Reilly, Jay needs surgery in the USA

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Jay Johnson’s biggest wish is to walk to school with his friends.

So the family of the four-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer have embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise £40,000 for treatment to help him do just that.

Jay Johnson (right) with brother Rory, gran Elaine Reilly & friend Daniel Paul (left), Daniel is doing a sponsored walk to raise money for Jay who needs surgery in the USA

Jay Johnson (right) with brother Rory, gran Elaine Reilly & friend Daniel Paul (left), Daniel is doing a sponsored walk to raise money for Jay who needs surgery in the USA

The bubbly youngster was born eight weeks premature and his condition means he is confined to a wheelchair.

Jay, who lives with parents Sandra (25) and Paul (26) and little brother Rory (2) at Langlaw Road, Mayfield, will always have cerebral palsy, but an operation offered in the USA could help him walk unaided for the first time.

In the last month the family has raised more than £2,500 towards the operation.

Most of the total was raised at a ladies’ night in Mayfield Inn, where Jay’s gran, Elaine Reilly, had her head shaved to raise cash.

Jay’s friend, Daniel Paul (8), who also suffers from cerebral palsy and other disabilities and only started walking a year ago, will walk from his home in Woodburn to Dalkeith for Jay’s fund on April 21.

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