Members of Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) have presented a cheque to a young boy trying to raise enough money to help him walk.

Marcus McCarthy, of Kursaal Way, Southend, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth and has grown up using a walking frame.

He has undergone several operations including a double hip reconstruction in a bid to get him walking unaided but there is still some way to go.

Members of Folk Like Us donated £220.53, raised through a raffle, to fund rehabilitation, physiotherapy and equipment to help support Marcus.

To learn more about Marcus’s journey visit