A TODDLER from Glandwr is one step closer to getting out and about with his family thanks to a successful autumn fundraiser at Lammas Eco Village at the weekend.

Three-year-old Josh Young has spina bifida, a genetic disorder that affects his back and legs, meaning he cannot walk, and uses a wheelchair to get himself about.

Although fine for in the house, Josh's wheelchair can't tackle the terrain near the family's rural home, so parents Rob and Holly Young decided to raise money to buy an all-terrain wheelchair so he can enjoy the great outdoors.

And, thanks to generous donations from friends, family, and local businesses, the couple have now raised more than £1,400 towards the £4,000 buggy pricetag.

“The day was amazing - everyone was really kind helping out and gave generously,” said mum Holly.

“As we live in the countryside, we need one so Josh can get into the garden. It will also help him be more independent when he’s older. It will give him a lot more freedom.”

The fun day saw a host of prizes being auctioned and raffled off, plus a cake sale, and various craft, clothes and gift stalls adding to the total.

Meanwhile, little ones enjoyed blowing giant bubbles, a kite-making class, and a music workshop.

Holly said local businesses had also helped out by donating prizes and supplies for the day, including Cafe Oasis, Tiger’s Eye, Go Mango, Mundo’s, and Mike’s Pound Shop in Cardigan, and The Craft Shop, County Sports, The Sheep Shop and Costa Coffee in Haverfordwest.

Spina bifida is a fault in the development of the spine and spinal cord which leaves a gap in the spine.

Holly said that, although Josh is quite lucky in that he is able to crawl around and use his upper-body, she would encourage mums to take folic acid before trying for a baby, not just during pregnancy.

For more information on Shine, a charity supporting children with spina bifida, visit www.shinecharity.org.uk.