10-year-old in bid to raise cash for bionic hand replacement

A brave Star Wars fan has launched an online appeal in the hope he can achieve his one Christmas wish '“ to be able to use both his hands.

Monday, 4th December 2017, 7:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th December 2017, 11:57 am
A brave Edinburgh boy has launched an online appeal in the hope that he can achieve his one Christmas wish  to be able to use both his hands.

Music loving Cameron Millar was born without a right hand and years of issues caused by his missing limb mean he’s missed out on his dream of playing the guitar and drums.

But the schoolboy is determined to overcome the challenge, with the help of a high-tech bionic limb.

The ten-year-old, who said he is “really hoping for a hand from Santa”, needs to raise £10,000 before Christmas to buy the innovative printed limb – inspired by the Star Wars lightsaber hand.

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A range of robotic hands developed by Open Biotics for youngsters have been inspired by hit films including Iron Man and Frozen.

The life-changing limb would feature an illustration of his superhero role model Luke Skywalker.

Cameron’s mum, Margaret Millar, said: “The support we have received already is so overwhelming, this means the world to Cameron and not being able to provide your child with their biggest wish is really difficult.

“How can you say no when your child asks you for a hand?

“We really appreciate every single donation big or small.” 

The family has launched an appeal with Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids, with donations already rolling in.

Emma Kemp, charity manager at Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids, said: “We were really touched by Cameron’s story.

“Despite facing so many challenges, he is determined to reach his goal and always has a smile on his face.

“Our charity is here to help young people in need in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, and we’re proud to do our bit to help Cameron. As a final act of festive goodwill, I’d encourage everyone to donate anything they can and help this lovely young lad achieve his one Christmas wish.”

To donate, go to the site www.cashforkidsgive.co.uk/campaign/forth-raise-a-hand-for-cameron.