A YOUNGSTER with an incurable degenerative disease will now be able to enjoy his favourite television shows in his bedroom thanks to a generous donation from a high street store.

As a reward for raising almost £2,800 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, staff at Argos in Newton Aycliffe were give a £200 voucher to give to a local charity of their choice.

The team voted to give the prize to nine-year-old Kyran Richmond from Chilton, who suffers from Juvenile Batten disease, a rare genetic metabolic neurodegenerative condition which has left him with little vision in one eye.

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Kyran, who will use the voucher to buy a television for his room, also suffers from night seizures and is only expected to live into his late teens or early 20s.

Natalie Ward, duty manager at Argos, said it had been a unanimous decision. “A lot of the staff know Kyran and have seen what he has been through,” she said. “He is a such a brave little boy.”

Kyran, is one of only 150 in the UK to have ever been diagnosed with the disease, which causes blindness, seizures, epilepsy and symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease.

Last September, family and friends set up a fundraising team to raise awareness and much-needed funds for both the charity and Kyran's ongoing needs.

Kyran’s mum Debbie Richmond said: “I was overwhelmed when I heard Argos had chosen Kyran as I wasn’t expecting it. Ever since we set up the fundraising group I have been moved by people’s generosity.”

For more information visit www.kyranrichmondfundraising.co.uk