Housebuilder funds therapy for disabled Bishop's Stortford boy Elmo
A four-year-old Bishop's Stortford boy with a brain injury has received a £1,000 boost from a housebuilder to go towards his ongoing therapy and treatment.
Persimmon Homes Essex donated the cash to Elmo Michelson, last year's Indie Child of Courage award winner, after supporters applied to the company's Community Champions fund.
The youngster was born six weeks prematurely in May 2015 and his parents, Sophie and Nick, believe his blood sugars became so dangerously low that he suffered a brain injury.
He has a cortical visual impairment, delayed development and poor muscle tone and was not expected to survive but has continued to defy predictions.
His journey has only been possible with efforts of Go Team Elmo - extensive fundraising by family and friends led by Sophie's sister Hope Alexander. Each year, they need to raise around £40,000 to ensure Elmo's progress continues.
The Persimmon scheme allows good causes across the region to apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.
Hope said: "Unfortunately, due to unavailable resources, the NHS cannot support regular or intensive therapy for children like him, but we hope to provide Elmo with the therapy to aid him in achieving his development goals and reach his potential.
"Thanks to Persimmon, and our fundraising efforts, Elmo will have access to amazing facilities and have a better quality of life than he would face without them."
Phil Standen, managing director for Persimmon Homes Essex, added: "We heard about Elmo's story and wanted to do all we could to help and we're delighted to be able to donate.
"The fundraising efforts of all around him have been fantastic and we wanted to support."
"We still have money to give away in our Community Champions pot. We'd urge charities, groups and good causes to get in touch, via www.persimmonhomes.com/charity."