The online fundraiser for little Jackson Waddell to receive his life-changing surgery has reached its £70,000 target.

Jackson's mum has thanked everyone for their generosity today (Thursday, March 29) with donations to the Justgiving page currently £70,641.

Jackson Waddell needs a frame to walk due to the affects of cerebral palsy, which he was diagnosed with aged 16 months.

However, once he grows out of the frame, his only option at mobility will be through the use of a power chair.

For more than a year Jackson’s family have been fundraising to take the six-year-old to America for a life-changing operation which could help him walk unaided.

Delighted mum Jacqueline Waddell wrote on Facebook:"We only went and rattled our target. 70 thousand smackers. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

Jackson’s family kickstarted the campaign to raise £70,000 to send Jackson to the St Louis Children’s Hospital for SDR (selective dorsal rhizotomy) in America - which could give him the ability to walk.

Residents have gone out their way to donate to the campaign. 

Darts ace Phil Taylor even donated £20,000 towards the operation after meeting Jackson at an event last year, and even agreed taking on a fundraising fitness challenge and gathering items to auction.