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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Barrow boy inspires bid to help disabled kids

A BRAIN-INJURED Barrow boy who has exceeded all doctors’ expectations has inspired a push to help other disabled children reach their full potential.

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When three-year-old Jack Bennett was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy his parents, Joanne and Paul, were told he would never be able to walk, talk or even sit.

But a special course of therapy at the Legacy Rainbow House in Ormskirk, Lancashire, has recently seen Jack not only on the cusp of sitting unsupported, but also speaking his first word.

The Bennett family has launched an appeal to raise £30,000 in order to continue Jack’s treatment and, one day, see the therapy available in Barrow.

That dream is now significantly closer after a fun day held over Easter at the Ulverston Sport and Social Club, which included a bouncy castle, donkey rides, a bucking bull and stalls selling jewellery, cakes and books, raised £1,500.

A delighted Mrs Bennett 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. We are going to continue on with our campaign to bring these services to Cumbria and hopefully people will continue to support us.”

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain, which normally occurs before, during or soon after birth.

The symptoms vary from child to child. Some children have problems walking, while others are profoundly disabled and require lifelong care.

There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but a range of treatments can help relieve symptoms.

These include physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medication to relieve muscle stiffness and spasms.

It is estimated that one in every 400 children in the UK is affected by cerebral palsy. Approximately 1,800 babies are diagnosed with the condition each year.

To donate to Jack’s appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/JacksAppeal, or call Joe Mawdsley on 07789 228213.

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