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Three-year-old Runcorn boy with disabilities takes on Superhero Series Challenge

Three-year-old Ryder Morton seemed like any other happy, healthy baby when he was born in December 2017 weighing almost nine pounds.

By the age of six months it started to become clear that the Runcorn boy was not hitting his milestones and he was diagnosed with Global Development Delay. Now aged three, he is not able to sit, crawl, walk or talk but in spite of a barrage of tests, his diagnosis remains unclear. His family are currently awaiting the results of genetic tests, but this can take as long as ten years.

Mum Sarah, 34, a waitress said: ‘We are now fundraising for specialised physiotherapy which we hope will allow Ryder to stand and help him gain core strength. But it is not funded by the NHS and costs almost £7,000 for a 12-month course.’

The family has already raised almost £3,500, and needs to raise a similar amount by July to cover the cost of the treatment. They are taking part in the Superheroes Series at the end of this month and plan to wheel Ryder 50 miles over the week, with Ryder dressed as his favourite superheroes Captain America and Buzz Lightyear.

The Marvel Superhero Series – Find your Power Challenge is a countrywide disability sports event which encourages people to set their own challenges – from 100 metres to 1,000 km or more – and complete them however they want, when they want, between May 29 and June 5. The event is usually a mass participation event taking place at Dorney Lake in Windsor, one of the main sites featured in the 2012 London Olympics. However, it is continuing its ‘At Home’ theme for a second year, due to the pandemic.

Even once the treatment is paid for, the family will continue to fundraise for ramps for the house for Ryder’s wheelchair, and eventually a sensory room.

The family are supported by children’s charity Tree of Hope who are also a named charity partner of the Marvel Superhero Series for a third year running, helps families fundraise for children like Ryder with healthcare needs and provides charity status to benefit from gift aid, corporate support whilst also providing donor reassurance.

Tree of Hope CEO Gill Gibb said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting Ryder and his family and wish them all the best in their continued fundraising.’

To donate to Ryder’s fund, visit https://www.treeofhope.org.uk/ryder-ashley-morton/

For more information, images or to arrange interviews please contact Catherine Cooper on 00 33 5 61 69 57 89, 00 33 6 09 03 55 88 or mail@catherinecooper.net

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