Appeal for cash to send sick baby for treatment in US passes £400,000

A couple's appeal for help raising cash for their sick baby son has become one of the biggest campaigns of its kind.

Charlie Gard suffers from a rare genetic condition
Charlie Gard suffers from a rare genetic condition

Postman Chris Gard and Connie Yates, of Bedfont, west London, want to raise £1.2 million to fund treatment in America for seven-month-old son Charlie.

They have launched an appeal on the GoFundMe website and raised more than £400,000.

A GoFundMe spokesman said only two campaigns have raised more in the two years it has operated in the UK.

Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London say it is time to stop providing life-support treatment to Charlie, who was born on August 4.

Doctors say Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition, should move to a palliative care regime, b ut his parents, in their early 30s, want to be allowed to take him to a hospital in the US where they hope he will be treated.

A judge is due to analyse the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in early April, and decide what is in Charlie's best interests.

His parents say they need to hit their target by April 3.

More than 17,000 donations have been offered, the website shows, including t wo anonymous pledges of £20,000, one for £10,000 and two of £5,000.