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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Awards nomination for brave Barrow boy Jack

A BRAVE young Barrow boy who championed a successful appeal to better the lives of other children with disabilities has been nominated for a Christmas award.

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LITTLE STAR Jack Bennett, who has been nominated for a Christmas Star award

Click here to nominate your Christmas Star

Jack Bennett, four, of Barrow, had a difficult start in life and spent 11 days in the special care baby unit. At 11 months old he was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy, and later with epilepsy after having prolonged seizures.

Cerebral palsy affects his movement, co-ordination, speech and development. Jack had extremely limited mobility before receiving conductive education with the Legacy Rainbow House, Lancashire. Doctors told Jack’s parents, Joanne and Paul, that he would need to use a wheelchair and he would not talk, but thanks to the specialist education, he can now kneel unaided, move around on the floor, sit on a chair, and his communication has improved.

The youngster fronted his own “Jack’s Appeal” which eventually surpassed its £30,000 target and brought conductive education to Barrow. It is offered one day a week at Greengate Children’s Centre, helping children with brain injuries. The fundraising is ongoing for the cause which is now called The Legacy Cumbria Friendship Group.

The Vickerstown Primary pupil is well-known in Barrow out in his walker.

Jack’s grandma, Hazel Bell, put him forward to be an Evening Mail Christmas Star, saying: “Jack is such a brave little boy. Even though he has had lots of problems due to cerebral palsy he is always ready with a smile.”

The Evening Mail has teamed up with Heath’s Toymaster, Barrow, to find the area’s most inspirational boy and girl who have shown great courage or selflessness. Our two Christmas Stars will win a visit from Father Christmas along with a host of festive gifts. Christmas Stars nominations are open to children up to the age of 13.

To nominate a child, fill in the coupon below and send it to Natalie Chapples, Christmas Stars, North-West Evening Mail, Abbey Road, Barrow. Alternatively, visit the Evening Mail homepage at www.nwemail.co.uk, to access the online form.

Entries close on December 13.

Nominations close on December 13. A shortlist will be drawn up and the winners contacted.
Winners must be prepared to be featured in the Evening Mail.
Nominees must be under 13-years-old.

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