THE Tyler appeal has passed it’s initial target of £7,500 thanks to an anonymous donation of £300.
The money was raised by Gazette readers and various groups throughout the community, touched by little five year-old Tyler McLelland’s story.
The Gazette joined the appeal last November to help Tyler, who suffers from a rare condition which makes it difficult for him to use his hands, raise the money for a device which allows him to feed himself.
Tyler’s mother Emma Gove is delighted.
She said: “I’m totally over the moon, words can’t describe how I feel.
“Tyler is kind of happy, but I guess like any boy that age he just wants to spend it on toys!
“This is great as the feeding device will make him more independent.
“He will be able to be more like his friends. It will make it a lot easier for the family too.
“It will be strange not feeding him as I have had to do it since he was born, I’m sure in a funny way I will start to miss it.
“It’s absolutely fantastic how much money has been raised in such a short time.
“I can’t thank everyone enough. It was fantastic for people to do that for Tyler.”