Matilda Duncan will get the life-changing operation that will help her to walk unaided after raising more than £40,000 in one week.
The story of best friends Casey Burke and Matilda Duncan struck a chord with readers when the Gazette published Casey's appeal to raise the funds for a life-changing operation to help Matilda walk.
The Eastcote school friends both have cerebral palsy which means they are unable to walk unaided. Though Casey's illness is too severe, Matilda, five, is eligible for an operation to walk without a frame.
Thanks to a letter four-year-old Casey, who lives in Eastcote, sent to the Uxbridge Gazette before Christmas, enough money has been raised so that Matilda will have the life-changing procedure.
Since getwestlondon broke the news, the friends have gone on to capture the nation's hearts appearing online on national newspaper websites and making an appearance on ITV news.
Rachel Knowles, Matilda's mum, originally wanted to raise just over £25,000 for the operation at Great Ormond Street Hopsital, but the pre-hospital stay and physiotherapy bumps the total cost of the selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) procedure up to around £40,000.
Casey's mum Suzanne Burke, said: "We want to say thank everyone so much. We are absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity people have shown at this time.
"Just for someone to take the time to stop what they are doing and think about helping a stranger. I think that shows the true nature of the Great British public.
"I have been stopped in the street and given money by strangers, the support has been completely amazing."
Mrs Burke now hopes the mini-fundraisers - who are both twins - can go on to raise money to help other children, including Noah, a boy with cerebral palsy who donated on Matilda's Just Giving webpage last week and is also raising money for the operation.
She also hopes to treat three other children who have played a vital behind-the-scenes role during Casey and Matilda's fundraising.
Matthew, the twin brother of Matilda, Carmel, the twin sister of Casey, and Casey's older brother Luca, all of whom attend Coteford Infants School in Fore Street, Eastcote, have all been supporting their siblings, and Mrs Burke is now appealing for people to help her say thank you.
"We would really like to take them all to Legoland or something, but it's always a logistical nightmare with two children who have a disability and three able-bodied children.
"We would just need someone to help us to get around and make sure all of the children can have fun together," Mrs Burke said.
If anyone can help to treat the young friends, get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org.