An Easter coffee morning with fun activities for children raised £521.66 towards a life-changing operation for a four year old boy. The event held at the Henhayes Community Centre on Saturday was organised by Jace’s family. The entrance fee for children included an Easter egg and a drink. Activities included a Bouncy Castle, soft toy play area, arts and crafts, cake stall, tombola and a raffle with prizes donated by well wishers, among them a voucher for afternoon tea for two, donated by the Lanes Hotel in West Coker.
Jace’s mum Louisa Webberley and his dad Tony Willcox are fundraising through Just4Children for their young son who has Cerebral Palsy, to have a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) and two years of intensive physiotherapy after the surgery, which will help him to walk unaided and hopefully prevent him from needing to be in a wheelchair when he is older. The family need to raise £40,000 within a time period of two years, for the operation and physiotherapy, which has to be privately funded as it it is not available on the NHS.
Louisa explained what the operation entails: “A percentage of the nerves at the bottom of the spine are cut to reduce the involuntary contraction of muscles in the legs, which in turn will reduce stiffness in the legs and the associated pain. There’s no point having the surgery without the physio as after the operation the muscles become very weak and have to be rebuilt up to strength again as well as re-teaching the body how to use those muscles.”
The next event to raise money for Jace’s SDR is being held by Somerset Football Association. They will be holding a raffle at the Premier Cup Final in May for which Louisa is currently looking for raffle prizes. Anyone who donates a prize will be included in Somerset FA’s programmes before and after the match. It is a great opportunity for businesses to receive publicity as the programmes gain regional Media attention.