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ALL ABOARD: Bus company donate funds and name bus after two-year-old from Rickmansworth

 Published on: 21st October 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

A bus company has donated money to a two-year-old boy from Rickmansworth and renamed one of their buses after him to help fund an essential treatment.

Arriva recently donated a sum of money to Oscar Connor’s charity fund, to help pay for essential treatment which will allow him to become more independent and live a normal life.

Previously reported in RickmansworthNews, Oscar Connor, from Rickmansworth, who was born without a tibia bone in both legs, and no knee or fully formed ankle joints has also had a special bus renamed after him in his honour.

At only two years of age, Oscar has already had eight bowel operations and struggles to eat or drink normally.

As a result, he is drip fed for 14 hours a day, and more recently, has suffered further discomfort due to unexpected movements around his right hip restricting his blood flow.

However, despite all of Oscar’s struggles, his family say he is a happy little boy.

Colin Wallington, a senior traffic union representative on behalf of Arriva, said: “When I first heard about Oscar, I really wanted to get involved and help out in some way.

“I got in touch with his Nan, who lives close to me, and we talked through some ideas about what we could do.

“I started off by hosting a few fundraiser barbecues to try and support the family with essential care costs, and we managed to raise £164 through that.”

A group of Arriva drivers also got together to host a raffle, which raised a total of £410.

Scott O’Neill, general manager for Arriva Hemel Hempstead, said: “The treatment Oscar relies on can be very expensive for his family, so we wanted to help out as much as we could, and we hope this money can be used to make a real difference.

“We were delighted when we found out that Oscar had been chosen. It’s great that we have been able to do something positive for the local community and give back to such a worthy cause.

“The bus naming is another nice touch, and hopefully it’ll make Oscar feel like a local celebrity.”

The £500 cheque was officially presented to Oscar and his family at Watford Junction on Friday, October 4, where the specially named bus was also unveiled.

Although much of Oscar’s treatment is covered on the NHS, there are still additional costs that the family needs help with.

As a result, the family set up a JustGiving page, which has currently gathered more than £11,000 in donations from the local community.

To donate to Oscar, go to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kayleigh-watson-1

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