Family fun day helps boost appeal for Furness toddler

Jack Bennett with mum Joanne and grandmother Hazel

Jack Bennett with mum Joanne and grandmother Hazel

First published in Ulverston news The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FUN-filled family fundraiser helped boost a campaign for a brain injured Furness toddler.

More than £1,500 was raised at the event organised by the family of Jack Bennett, three, who was diagnosed with severe Cerebral Palsy at the age of one after being starved of oxygen around the time of his birth.

Doctors advised Jack’s parents, Joanne and Paul, of Ulverston, that he was unlikely to ever walk, talk, sit or even use a pencil, but thanks to a form of specialist education, Jack is now able to sit almost unsupported and has even said his first word.

Jack has been undergoing conductive education, at The Legacy Rainbow House, in Lancashire, which aims to help children overcome developmental problems including physical and self help so that they can live more active and independent lives.

The family want to raise £30,000 to enable Jack to continue attending this vital therapy at The Legacy Rainbow House in Lancashire, while the long term plan is to have this therapy brought into the local community of Furness, making Conductive Education available to families in Cumbria.

The Family Fun Day included a variety of activities for all the family including a bouncy castle, donkey rides, a bronking bull, stalls selling a range of jewellery, cakes and books.

Joanne said: “We would like to thank everyone who attended, we didn’t have the best weather, but a lot of people came along and supported us which we are so grateful for.”

To donate to Jack’s appeal you can visit his Just Giving page on http://www.justgiving.com/JacksAppeal To get involved with the family’s appeal, call Joe Mawdsley on 07789 228213.

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