Swindon’s mayor Coun Ray Ballman presented a cheque for almost £2,000 to the Swindon Goldenhar Family Support Group, on behalf of staff at Sainsbury’s Bridgemead after a year of fundraising events.
Staff and the public using the West Swindon supermarket selected Goldenhar after a public vote in early 2010.
Alan Holmes, grandfather of Morgan Sharpe, 4, said, “the syndrome is a rare congenital abnormality. Morgan was born with one eye, one ear, part of his jaw missing, butterfly vertebrae, and he breathes through a tracheotomy.
”He’s had many operations and now has a prosthetic eye, which needs to be replaced as he grows. He recently had major jaw surgery to stretch his jaw. There will be more eye and jaw surgery and, at some point, ear reconstruction.
“Despite all this he copes extremely well and has a real sense of cheeky fun.”
Alan expressed appreciation for the help people give to the support group. “To be voted Sainsbury’s Bridgemead Charity of the year was great. Swindon’s public have really made a difference to the Goldenhar Family Support Group I would like to thank everyone for their support.”
If anyone would like to help raise funds see www.goldenhar.org.uk
The mayor Ray Ballman with Simon Belcher for Sainsbury’s and Kerry Holmes holding her son Morgan and Alan Holmes