10 small steps, one giant leap
Date published: 05 September 2013
PLUCKY Adam McQuillan has taken his first steps less than two years after being knocked down in an horrific road accident.
Using sticks to steady him, the brave 10-year-old is now determined to walk across the stage at Band Aid — a fund-raising event his family have planned for Sunday, September 8.
Life changed forever for the McQuillans when popular Adam was involved in the accident as he walked to a shop in Abbeyhills Road, Alt.
The youngster spent 10 weeks in a coma with his mother, Anita, keeping a desperate bedside vigil, and eight months in hospital before he was allowed to go home.
Anita (32) was told her son would have brain damage and would never walk again, but the pair refused to give up, leaving doctors amazed by Adam’s incredible progress.
“Adam took his first steps a couple of weeks ago, and can manage about 10 steps now,” she said.
“He wants to master it by the time of Band Aid, and hopes to walk on stage to show people he can do it.
The charity took Adam to Disney World, and the youngster wants to raise the £6,000 it cost to take him so another child will get the same chance that he had.
He has already raised £2,000 with the help of his family and well-wishers, and Anita said she hoped Band Aid would push the fund over £5,000.
Local acts will take to the stage at Stanley Road Club, Chadderton, for the charity bash, which will also have an auction and raffle.
Adam has two younger sisters, Autumn (two-and-a-half) and Ava (6 months).
Band Aid starts at 11.30am and runs straight through until midnight. Tickets cost £3 from Anita or on the door.
Anyone who can donate tombola or raffle prizes or who wants a ticket should contact Anita on 07706-806191.
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