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Hyne helps Hamish receive treatment

FIGHTING SPIRIT: Hamish Halley at the Granville Football Club. His family is fundraising to take him to the United States for further treatment after he had a stroke when he was involved in a serious motorbike crash.
FIGHTING SPIRIT: Hamish Halley at the Granville Football Club. His family is fundraising to take him to the United States for further treatment after he had a stroke when he was involved in a serious motorbike crash. Alistair Brightman

IT'S a stunning display of generosity that has given a young boy hope.

Maryborough's Hyne Timber Mill donated $15,000 toward helping Hamish Halley receive further treatment after the youngster suffered a stroke when he was involved in a serious motorbike crash in October 2012.

His mum Rachael Halley Butcher, an employee at Hyne Timber Mill, set up a Go Fund Me page hoping to raise $50,000 which will go towards Hamish receiving further treatment.

After the stroke, Hamish spent five months in the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane where he learnt to walk, talk and eat again.

However he has permanently lost the use of his right hand and has ongoing severe cognitive function issues.

"As a result of the stroke, Hamish now has a condition called aphasia," Rachael wrote on the Go Fund Me page.

"Aphasia causes difficulties in speaking, listening, reading and writing but it does not affect intelligence.

"Non-fluent speech is a particular problem for Hamish."

After watching Sunday Night and 60 Minutes, the family learnt of the Perispinal Etanercept treatment, which is only available in the United States.

Offered by the Institute of Neurological Recovery in Florida, the Etanercept Treatment is helping stroke victims regain some functionality and improve their quality of life.

So far more than $33,147 has been raised.

A statement from Hyne said it was supporting Hamish's trip to the United States, but more help was needed.

Rachael thanked the company for their donation on the Go Fund Me page, saying there was a reason she had worked for them for 20 years.

Help Hamish

If you want to make a donation to help with Hamish's recovery, head to Go Fund Me and search for Hope for Hamish - Stroke Victim.

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