A CHIPPING Sodbury pub has launched a raffle in aid of Corin’s First Steps.

The Squire Inn, on Broad Street, is hoping customers will purchase hundreds of tickets to win a 42" television with all proceeds going to help three-year-old Corin Potts walk for the first time.

Corin, of Woodchester, has cerebral palsy and needs selective dorsal rhyzitomy, an operation which involves cutting the nerves at the base of his spine, to allow him to walk. The operation costs £25,000 and Corin will need extensive rehabilitation costing up to £10,000.

His parents, James and Faye Weeks, launched their fundraising appeal in May and with help from the Yate and Chipping Sodbury communities have so far amassed £26,000.

The new Panasonic Viera television was donated by Squire regulars Rich and Sally Crook.

The pub has already contributed to the appeal with a quiz night, held in conjunction with the Gazette, which raised more than £1,000 in July.

Tickets to win the TV cost £5 and are available from the bar now. The draw will take place at a Halloween karaoke party on November 1.

The Gazette is supporting the Corin’s First Steps appeal.

You can help to get little Corin walking in a number of ways.

- To make a donation, send a cheque payable to Corin’s First Steps to the Gloucestershire Gazette, Reliance House, Long Street, Dursley, GL11 4LS or go to www.justgiving.com/corinsfirststeps If you are holding an event in aid of Corin’s First Steps email the details to sodbury@gazetteseries.co.uk or call Alexandra Womack on 01453 544000 and we will publicise it for you.