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When a Community Steps in -- UK News

This boy's community raised enough funds to buy a much-needed wheelchair.

Jack Bennet, an 11-year-old boy, was diagnosed with epilepsy and cerebral palsy when he was just under one year old. Jack's mother was told by doctors that he would never sit independently, walk, or talk. To they're dismay, Jack can sit, bunny hop crawl, and stand. He can even feed himself. 

“It’s been really hard – it’s changed my life,” his mother, Joanne, said. 

With his diagnosis, Jack needed a special wheelchair that was lightweight and self-propelling. After doing her research, Joanne found a wheelchair online which would enable Jack to move shorter distances independently as well as ease the difficulty of someone pushing him. The Wheelchair would cost £3,852 which is a little over 4,100 US dollars. However, the chair was not covered on the NHS (United Kingdom National Health Service) and Joanne couldn't come up with the money herself. 

That's when the community stepped in. People began donating to Jack and his family so he would be able to get the chair he needs. The hairdressers' Adonis in Ulverston helped fundraise £1,200. This helped spark other fundraising activities. Barrow Raiders players took on a mammoth challenge to help raise some cash. Three players of the team said they would run four miles for four hours every 48 hours from that Saturday to help raise the money needed for Jack's chair. A page on JustGiving was set up to help raise funds, and within 24 hours Shane Toal, Ryan Johnston, and Brett Carter had almost reached their target for Jack.

The target was set at just over £2,000 and has been surpassed. With more than 300 supporters, Jack's fundraising age has raised 202% MORE than what was needed. So far £5,358 have been raised for Jack's chair. 

Despite his diagnosis at his young age, Jack remains positive. He is very social and has a great character.

“We’re so grateful for this,” Joanne said. “It’s really nice to think that people do care enough that they want to help."

To donate, visit Jack's page.

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