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Parents are speechless after smashing target to make their home accessible for disabled son

Louis Perrin at Wrexham football stadium

The family of a disabled boy are “blown away” after they smashed their £4,000 target to renovate their home to make it more accessible.

Louis Perrin was born with the TUBA1A gene which has led to a number of health conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and limited mobility.

His parents, Aaron and Charlotte Perrin, recently launched an appeal to raise £40,000 which attracted the attention of Hollywood actors and Wrexham AFC owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney who contributed £10,000 towards the cause.

A further £5,000 was donated by actor Michael Sheen, with a trio of big names the fundraiser gained national publicity.

Sparking media attention across the country the total now stands at £45,000, leaving the family overwhelmed by people’s generosity.

Mr Perrin told BBC News: "We've been blown away, we are speechless by the kindness of people approaching us who have no connection to us.

"We are just overwhelmed by people wanting the best for Louis."

When the family launched their campaign they anticipated it would take around two years to reach their target, now having raised more than they anticipated it is hoped they can have the work done before Christmas.

"We went to the football the other day, the amount of people who stopped us and wished us well, it's amazing," added Mr Perrin.

"Before this, some people saw the wheelchair and didn't know what to say - now they know Louis' story and they want to talk to us. It's breaking down barriers."

[ Louis Perrin has been filmed for the upcoming series of the Disney show Welcome to Wrexham. ]

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