A fundraiser aiming to help send a seven-month-old baby to the US for life-saving treatment is being held in Whitton .

Chris Gard and Connie Yates of Bedfont , the parents of Charlie Gard, want to take their son, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, to a hospital that can offer him with pioneering treatment not available in the UK.

To do so, the couple launched a fundraising website with the aim of raising the necessary £1.2million in costs, and has so far raised £312,000.

Help save Charlie Gard's life

The money will be used to fund a special air ambulance, medication and care for Charlie.

A fundraising event in aid of the cause will be held in Whitton on Sunday, March 19.

The event will feature live music, a silent auction, raffle, bouncy castle, stalls, cake sales, competitions and pony rides.

Parents Chris Gard, and Connie Yates, of Bedfont need to raise £1.2m for lifesaving treatment for son Charlie

Charlie is in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where doctors want to move him to a palliative care regime.

A High Court judge will decide in April whether GOSH can withdraw his life support, as his parents challenge the decision.

Charlie Gard suffers from a rare condition of mitochondrial disease - a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness.

Charlie was born with a form of mitochondrial disease - a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness.

Mr Justice Francis examined preliminary issues at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London on Friday March 3.

The judge was told by Katie Gallop QC, representing the doctors at GOSH, that Charlie was deaf and unable to cry.

She said doctors thought that withdrawal of life-support treatment would be in Charlie’s best interests and told the judge: “The hospital’s position is that every day that passes is a day that is not in the child’s best interests.”

Barrister Sophia Roper, who represents Charlie’s parents, told the judge: "His parents believe that he is in much better shape than the hospital does."

Mr Justice Francis heard that a US hospital had agreed to accept Charlie as a patient if treatment could be paid for.

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The Charlie Gard Fundraising Event will be held at Whitton Park Sports Association, 190 Wills Crescent, Whitton, TW3 2JD on Sunday March 19 from 1pm.

Donations can be made via the gofundme page here .

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