Going the extra mile(s) to help Jaye

Published on: 28 May 2014

Rachel Godwin

THOUSANDS of pounds have poured in to the fund to help six-year-old Jaye Cook to walk unaided.

A team of 61 firefighters ran 1,103 miles on a treadmill in Bristol’s Cabot Circus last month as part of a huge fund-raising effort by Avon Fire & Rescue Service. They were in full firekit and wore breathing apparatus weighing 15lb.

Organiser Mike Collin, from Fishponds, said £15,195.96 was collected during the week.

“It was an absolutely staggering amount, which my poor family had to help me count and bag up every night,” he said.

“Just before the event started, I was absolutely shocked by a really generous donation online of £425 from Christ Church, Downend. It really was a wonderful gesture and throughout our campaign for Jaye, I have been utterly humbled by the generosity and determination of the Bristol public to give this local boy the opportunity of an improved quality of life.”

Jaye, who lives in Kingswood with his parents Martin and Melanie and brother and sister, has cerebral palsy and walks with the aid of frames.

Rachel Godwin, from the Andrews office in Downend, collected £300 for the fund by running the Bristol 10k while her colleague Teresa Bird and her family brought in £2,600 with a series of events.

All the support means the family now have the £35,000 needed for his operation but fund-raising will continue to pay for the therapy he will need after the selective dorsal rhinotomy surgery.

Mr Collin said firefighters had several initiatives planned, including a “double Everest” ladder climb at Cribbs Causeway in July.

Staff and clients of the Bingham Centre, Manor House [Care Futures], in Beckspool Road, Frenchay, where Mr Collin has maintained the gardens for the past 23 years, will be holding a sponsored walk.

For further information, or to donate to the fund, visit www.justgiving.com/AFRSjaye2walk or www.justgiving.com/Jaye2walk

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