A COMMUNITY has rallied behind a brave youngster, born with a facial disorder, to raise money for a charity which helps others with the same condition.
Little Tyler Ellicott was born with a cleft lip and palate and has undergone three operations on his face, all by the tender age of three.
Big-hearted residents in his home town of Thorne were touched by his plight and recently raised £615 at two charity events for The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA).
Tyler’s mum Claire, 27, of Lime Tree Grove, said: “Tyler is very brave and takes it all in his stride.
“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who raised the money. It shows how much people care about his condition.”
The full-time mum and her sister Amanda Richardson organised two fundraisers during Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week in May.
The two sisters held a collection day at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Thorne on May 12 where they also raised awareness of the work done by CLAPA.
A second fundraiser was staged at The White Hart pub on May 19. This included an auction of items including tickets to see Sheffield United and the Castleford Tigers rugby team.
Amanda, a 32-year-old support worker, of Chadwick Road, Moorends, said: “We decided to raise awareness aswell as raising money because the condition is a little bit misunderstood.
“Tyler was with us at the first fundraiser so we could explain what the condition is.”
Tyler has undergone three plastic surgery operations on his nose and lip.
He is due to undergo a fourth procedure on his nose in July at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
The brave youngster also has regular speech therapy at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and attends Thornebuds Day Nursery.
Claire said: “He always comes out of hospital ahead of schedule and bounces back really quickly. He’s very resilient and is looking forward to starting nursery school in September.”