Fundraiser for Mansfield toddler seeking life-changing operation

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FAMILY and friends of a Mansfield toddler are holding a fun day to help raise £50,000 for a life-changing operation.

Four-year-old Jake Evans suffered brain damage after being born prematurely and now can’t walk or stand up unaided.

Jake, who lives on Sutton Road, near the Sir John Cockle pub, gets around by ‘commando crawling’ or using a K-Walker.

But family and friends are raising money to pay for an operation which could allow him to walk independently.

The £50,000 procedure, called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) will not cure the cerebral palsy but will make a massive difference to his life.

So far, over £25,000 has been raised towards the operation through donations and various fundraising events.

The family fun day will take place at Bentinck Miners Welfare, Kirkby, on Saturday 18th May and features a football tournament, stalls and car boot sale, bouncy castle, raffle, a DJ and refreshments.

Jake’s dad Michael said: “The operation currently stands at £50,000 which is a hell of a lot of money but with fundraising I think it’s achievable even though it could take years.

“Lots of UK families have now managed to make that target and their children’s lives have been changed because of it

“If he was able to have this operation and he was able to walk, words would not describe what it would mean to us.

“You hear stories of other parents and how their children can now walk and it makes you cry your eyes out.”

The operation is performed on the lower spinal chord.

Anyone interesting in running a stall should contact Sally Cook on 07923056464 or by emailing sallyacook78@yahoo.com.

Sally is also doing a 20 mile run on the day from Forest Town via Rainworth and Hucknall to Kirkby.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/just-4-jake.