A housebuilder has donated £1,000 to help a little boy with cerebral palsy achieve his dream of playing with his brother.

Persimmon Homes Anglia has boosted Lewis' Little Legs appeal, which was launched in order to raise £60,000 for a life-changing operation for Lewis Whele.

Two-year-old Lewis, of West Street, Coggeshall, was born ten weeks premature but is determined to walk and play freely with his big brother Hayden.

Toni Whele, Lewis' mum, said: "At five months we were told he has cerebral palsy, affecting his lower limbs.

"We are currently fundraising for a life-changing operation that is not available on the NHS.

"The procedure, selective dorsal rhizotomy, could totally change his life, allowing him to play with his big brother and walk unaided.”

Supporters of the family have already raised nearly a third of the total cash needed, however the Whele's are still appealing for help.

Persimmon made the generous donation as part of the housebuilder's Community Champions scheme.

Andrew Fuller, managing director at Persimmon Homes, said: "The Community Champions scheme was launched to enable us to make a difference to the lives of local people.

"Often that is by supporting a sports team or charity, sometimes a neighbourhood event.

“This month we have chosen to donate to a very brave family who have faced many challenges as we felt they deserved our help.”

Donate at www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/just4children/lewisslittlelegs.