A SOLDIER has undertaken a bungee jump off Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge to raise funds for stem cell treatment for a toddler who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after being starved of oxygen during labour.

Ripon-based Royal Engineer Stephen Maher said he wanted to boost the £60,000 appeal to enable 18-month-old Enzo Thompson to develop basic physical skills.

The 27-year-old said he hoped the 160ft leap would also raise awareness of the fundraising campaign for the toddler from Hampshire.

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Enzo’s mother, Caroline, said the damage caused to Enzo's brain meant he is unable to process the signals that his brain is sending to his body.

She said: “Stem cell treatment is a way of repairing and replacing these damaged cells.

“In the long run we hope that the treatment will offer our son a better quality of life and the chance to be free and independent.”

To donate, visit Justgiving.com/Enzostemcell or text ENZO55 followed by your donation to 70070.