A mum from Beckenham has thanked the public who have made donations to help fund treatment for her son who was born without eyes.

More than £5,000 was raised in just one day following the launch of a £58,000 appeal for little Archie Innes to go to America where it's hoped that pioneering technology will one day enable him to see images.

Mum Fiona Gould, 40, from Beckenham, but now living in Australia, said: “Our ophthalmologist has suggested that in ten years time they will be able to plug something into the back of the brain that will enable him to see images.

“That is what is being developed at the moment. So we are hoping that we can afford to give him that treatment, but it’s going to be expensive.”

Archie, who will be one-year-old in January, was born with a rare condition called Anophthalmia, but his health problems didn't end there.

After a few months he was diagnosed with neurosensory mild-to-moderate hearing loss, as well as having to be put on a nasal gastric tube to feed him.

He was also diagnosed with severe motor delay which means he finds it hard to lift his head up.

Fiona added: “I kind of got to that point where I realised how much love he was giving me and how much love I felt for him and his diagnosis didn’t matter anymore. It became obsolete because he is here giving us love.

“From that moment on you just take each day as it comes and each challenge. Some days you have an uphill struggle and some days you don’t. There are dark days and good days.

“At first, I was devastated, I won’t deny that, but then with each day you are holding him and he’s like any other baby.”

Fiona said that the money given will have a hugely positive impact on Archie's life.

She said: “It means we can get him all the intensive therapy that he requires at a young age while his brain still has plasticity.

“There are no words to describe how thankful we are. It’s just hard to say. It’s just amazing. Anyone who can donate we just want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts."

If you can help Archie’s family raise 100,000 Australian dollars (around £58,000) to pay for the very specific treatments that he needs, visit GoFundMe.