A CROWDFUNDING campaign has been set up to pay for a new leg for a Winsford man after it was amputated.

Wayne Cox, 35, was born with spina bifida and club foot, and has had numerous operations over the years.

Wayne told the Guardian the condition left his toes twisted, and caused severe pain.

In May 2017, following complications from infections, doctors gave him the option to amputate, and Wayne saw it as an opportunity.

“I’ve wanted it for a few years,” Wayne said.

“I got to the point where I couldn’t carry my little girl up the stairs to bed. I was killing myself taking painkillers.

“I don’t really take them anymore. All my pain is gone.”

Since the operation, Wayne has been attending regular physiotherapy sessions, and said his recovery is going better than expected.

He said: “It’s been painful. I’ve had my ups and downs, but I’m getting there.

“I’m doing really well in physio. I’m two months in front of everyone else.”

His partner, Gemma Wilson, has set up a crowdfunding page to help raise £15,000 to pay for a bespoke prosthetic leg designed for sport.

Wayne said: “I love sport and I want to carry on doing charity events. I’ve set myself a target of running the London Marathon in four years’ time.

He added: “I like walking and hiking. I want to get back into that. With my leg, I’ve never had a great one. I could do sport, but never 100 per cent.”

Wayne has previously boxed for charity and said he wants to start training again once he has his leg.

He also revealed he has been invited to a conference over the weekend where a new wheelchair designed specifically for disabled boxers will be unveiled.

He has also been invited to give a talk during the conference to a number of amateur boxers.

On Saturday, September 9, a family fun day in aid of Wayne’s fundraising campaign will take place at the Golden Lion in Winsford, from 1pm.

There will be live music, a DJ, bouncy castle, charity raffle and other activities. Wayne is also seeking teams of eight to take part in a tug of war competition, which he hopes will be an annual event.

And in October, Wayne and two of his friends plan to cycle 100 miles in a day, from Knights Grange in Winsford to Shining Tor hill in the Peak District, the highest point in Cheshire.

To enter the tug of war email Gemma_Madison@hotmail.com. To donate visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/g-wilson