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Yateley fundraisers draw closer to Together for Freddie target

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Yateley fundraisers draw closer to Together for Freddie target

Published at 3:26pm 16th February 2017. (Updated at 9:08pm 16th February 2017)

A Yateley man spearheading a campaign to raise funds for little Freddie Hunt tells us he's "gobsmacked" as money continues to pour in.

The two year old is in an Arizona clinic after surgery on a brain tumour last week.

Before leaving for the US, his parents were shocked to discover they need hundreds of thousands more to meet costs.

It's when family friends stepped in - and now, just three weeks on, they're raised more than £170,000.

Family friend Marc Whitman said it has been amazing how much people have donated: "When we set off on this journey, we thought to ourselves, it's not going to work again - with the common man doing it - we need someone coming in big, to give us some big money.

"But it hasn't worked out like that - the common man on the street, the lady on the street, the child on the street, has once again stood up and said - 'I'm not having this - I'm going to get this little boy better.

"I'm absolutely astounded by it, I never expected it to be this much at all.

"What's happened has been absolutely amazing."

Team Freddie at work:

He says they're still gunning for their target of £250,000 to help meet the costs of further treatment: "We've done it once, we're doing it twice - what we can't do is do it a third time.

"I don't know if people will go for it a third time!

"We hit the target for the operation before he had it - now we're nicely into the proton treatment as well - and hopefully we'll have it all done and dusted by next weekend."

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Freddie, meanwhile, has been awake long enough for dog therapy...


Mum Abby explains it is where dogs visit patients.

She said: "Freddie has been awake for dog therapy ,it was so emotional all the nurses watching through glass door into our room.

"Although totally exhausted Freddie managed to pucker up asking the dog for a kiss.

"Freddie is struggling with DI diabetes his sodium tests have shown they've dropped very low which can be very dangerous.

"So now on very high salt diet with no fluids !!! Sounds weird , these guys here are doing an amazing job of controlling it and keeping him safe , adjusting constantly.

"Clever people. He's not woken since he's totally exhausted, love his heart."


Abby tells Eagle the toddler has not had any seizures since last Thursday's operation.

Previously, he was having up to 70 or 80 a day.

The family did have worries for young Freddie after he became very unwell a few days ago.

He went for another MRI and thankfully it came back clear, a relief comfort to the Hunts: "It was a comfort to us to be honest." said Abby.

"We're a little bit more confident on that side of it, it's just a matter of time now to help him heal.

"He's not moving a great deal, they tried to get him up yesterday but he is just so weak.

"He's shaking terribly and he's got some ulcer on the side of his ear which the doctors are looking into at the moment.

"It really is a real rollercoaster."

Following the operation a week ago, Freddie has been diagnosed with diabetes insipidus which is brought on by the removal of the tumour.

Abby says that's released some hormones in him which is making him unable to control his salt intake.

However we're told this was expected.

You can donate to the fundraising campaign Here.


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