Firefighters support Kane

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - 130714 - Press - SESKU Gala - Burntwood Community Centre, South Kirkby, England - Kane Smith with Casey Smith on the slides at the community centre.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - 130714 - Press - SESKU Gala - Burntwood Community Centre, South Kirkby, England - Kane Smith with Casey Smith on the slides at the community centre.

Generous South Elmsall firefighters have raised £850 to help send a little boy with a life-shortening condition to Disney World.

The money for four-year-old Kane Smith – who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy – was raised from an open day at the fire station last weekend.

Kane was diagnosed with the most severe form of the genetic condition in June, and his dad Martin is aiming to raise £10,000 to take the youngster on the trip of a lifetime to Disney World, Florida, before his condition worsens.

Kane will be wheelchair-bound before he reaches his teens and is only expected to live until his 20s.

Dad Martin, 31, of Holly Bank, Hemsworth, said: “It is fantastic how much the fire station open day raised.

“Kane and his sister Kasey both really enjoyed it especially getting to have a go with the fire hose.

“Kane has just started school full time and he’s become a lot more lethargic. His condition isn’t visible yet but it’s going to get a lot worse.

“We’re taking him to get fitted for a wheelchair at the end of the month.”

More than £2,000 has been raised so far towards the trip.

Mr Smith is holding a tombola and raffle stall at Normanton Gala on Saturday to raise more funds.

The fire station open day also raised £850 for little JJ Michalowski who was paralysed from the chest down in a head-on crash in March.

For more information or to donate towards Kane’s dream trip visit www.facebook.com/groups/justkane