Brave Benjamin sets himself another challenge

A schoolboy with cerebral palsy intends to complete a four-mile charity walk for the second year running.

Five-year-old Benjamin Strickland, who has balance problems, weakness down the one side of his body and is blind in one eye, raised £1,800 when he completed the challenge last year.

Now the youngster, who lives on the Isle of Wight, intends to step out once again and improve on last year’s total.

His proud family are organising efforts to help him on his way to the target figure of £2,000.

Mum Sarah told the Isle of Wight County Press that they are already in the process of organising a raffle.

“He will be over the moon to complete the walk again this year,” she said.

“It seemed almost impossible he would be able to achieve such a big walk last year but with the support he has behind him he will give it his all.

“We are so, so proud of him. His attitude is inspiring to many people and he’s always smiling, even when struggling.

“He’s overcome being diagnosed with cerebral palsy brilliantly and everything he does he puts maximum efforts into — we are truly very lucky to have such a willing little boy.”

Benjamin’s efforts are made all the more remarkable by the fact that his parents had been told shortly after their little boy was born that he might never be able to walk or talk.

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