Friends of a small boy with severe disabilities are pulling together to raise money to buy him a special car seat.
Seven-year-old Jay Browne, of Great Ponton, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Having been born prematurely after 26 weeks, Jay, who weighed only 2lb 8oz at birth, contracted a serious bowel infection, necrotising enterocolitis. The resulting operations saved his life but left him with permanent brain damage.
It means he is unable to walk or talk. Jay is also visually impaired and suffers from epilepsy and global developmental delay.
As well as not being able to walk or talk, Jay is also unable to sit and needs a car seat into which he can be strapped safely and securely. He urgently needs a new seat, as he has outgrown his current one. However, the cost of the seat he requires is around £3,000 and his mum Kerry Browne has been told there is no funding available for this.
Family friend Kate Plant is one of those helping to raise money for Jay, who attends Willoughby School for special needs children in Bourne.
Kate, who works for UK Hair and Beauty, said: “We’re holding a spa day on June 3 to raise money for Jay and hope others will come forward to support the fund-raising effort as well. We would welcome donations for raffle prizes.”
Mum Kerry said: “We have also organised a 26-mile cycle ride around Rutland Water on Sunday, March 16. What we are now looking for is people who are able to support us by organising fund-raisers or by sponsorship.”
Jay, who celebrates his eighth birthday on Sunday, is shortly to undergo yet another operation, bilateral femoral osteotomy, which will involve cutting the thigh bones and then re-aligning them.
To sponsor Jay or make a donation, contact Kerry on 07881497268 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. To take part in the 26-mile cycle ride or to donate raffle prizes, contact Kate on 07881497268.