Family thanks for £13k gift for Yuto

The Rice family (from left) Tommy, Maki, Daz with Yuto, Neo, Mario and Sylvia.
The Rice family (from left) Tommy, Maki, Daz with Yuto, Neo, Mario and Sylvia.
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The family of a toddler with a life-threatening critical heart condition paid thanks to generous Fylde coast residents and businesses who have raised thousands of pounds to help transform his life.

Fundraising events for three-year-old Yuto Rice, who is too weak to undergo a heart transplant, began in April.

Now an incredible £13,000 has been raised to help Yuto’s family alter their house to cater for his needs.

Daz Rice, who runs Dazamakiz Music Shop on North Drive in Cleveleys, said: “It’s fantastic! People have been so generous and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped.”

Fundraising events have been held throughout the year, such as the Yuto Fest at the Marine Hall in the summer which raised £6,000.

The family hope to build a wet room, play room and bedroom downstairs for Yuto, whose condition means he gets breathless and struggles to walk.

It is thought the whole project will cost in the region of £25,000, so the family has also applied for a disability grant from Wyre Council.

Doctors fear Yuto - who has restrictive cardiomyothopy which means he is at risk of heart failure – may not live past his teenage years.

Mr Rice added: “He’s doing the best he can, he has his ups and downs. He’s on his medication.

“A heart transplant is very dangerous but if he can survive up to his teenage years, then it would be down to him if he wanted one. We spoil him rotten and his two brothers, Neo and Mario, are wonderful with him.

“He’s upstairs at home at the moment, it’s a nightmare.

“He’s awake five or six times in the night so we need a bedroom for him downstairs. The front door of our house needs altering for his wheelchair and he needs a play room to help his development. There’s quite a lot that needs to be done.

“At a time like this with the recession, people have been really generous. We are going to try and keep the Yuto Fest going every year and donate everything we earn to local charities.”