ROMSEY residents can attend a fundraising event to help ensure a seven year old boy receives essential after a life changing operation.

Stephanie King from West Enf has organised the fun day which will take place at Romsey football club in aid of her son Archie on April 27.

Archie was born at just 26 weeks old and has been living with cerebral palsy ever since.

Stephanie said: "Archie muscles are tight and this effects the way he walks, as well as his balance."

Archie is set to have an operation at Great Ormond Street hospital at the end of the year where he will have nerve fibres in his spine cut.

Stephanie added: "After the operation Archie will have to have intensive after care, however this is very expensive.

"He won't be able to walk and he will need to retrain his brain and body.

"He will need physiotherapy and hydrotherapy for at leat two years and this costs around £500 a week."

Stephanie and her husband Chris have already raised £27,000 but they are looking to raise as much as possible before Archie's operation at the end of the year.

Stephanie said: "Archie just wants to be a normal seven year old and walk up and down the stairs without worrying he will fall over.

"He also is always exhausted.

"This operation will be life changing for him.

"He has not had a great start in life but if we can change his future then that will be fantastic."

The event will take place from 11am until 6pm and guests will be able to enjoy face painting, a BBQ, football, market stalls, games, a bouncy slide and there will also be a DJ.

After 6pm the fundraising will then continue at the Bishops Blaize public house in Winchester Road.

Stephanie added: "It will be a really lovely family day and people will be able to see his journey on our Facebook page CP & Me-Archies story.

"This means people will be able to see the effect their money is having."