Calvia.—Friends of little Charley Ray Myers have once more demonstrated their mettle by organising a Spinathon at Illes gym in Calvia raising 2'210 euros and with donations from The British Bakery, Avance Car Hire, Bodhana Wellness Centre, Puerto Portals, Kutz Salon, Magalluf, The Snooker Café, El Toro and Illes Gym, Calvià the current total stands at a staggering 6'718 euros.

At the outset the target had appeared insurmountable, but now the ever optimistic Support Charley fundraising co-ordinator Linda Ledwidge says, “Only 2'618 euros required! I have been amazed by the efforts of so many local people and their willingness to take part in walks, marathons and other activities. This money will pay for a replacement cochlea implant device.” The latest news is that The Viva Roadrunners, a group of fitness enthusiasts, will further boost funds when they take part in the Palma half marathon next Sunday. Two well known local companies, Pinmar the yacht painting company and Webbs International Removals in addition to Monarch Airlines have generously agreed to sponsor the runners who will sport tee shirts bearing the companies' logos.

Since the loss of Charley's original hearing device and whilst fundraising was in progress for a new one, Linda Ledwidge had tried, without success, to find an insurance company in Spain willing to insure the new device. Finally she sought the advice of Steve Bicknell at Insurance Express and he approached insurance companies in the UK; his tenacity eventually paid dividends, a UK company are now prepared to insure the device in an all risks policy.

Charley is due to return to London's Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital at the end of next month; his mother Debbie is convinced that the specialists will be impressed by Charley's progress. This is excellent news for everyone who has been touched by the little boy's fighting spirit.