Please support Sophie (our Nutritional Therapist) who, together with her two small children and most of her village – a total of about 200 people – is taking part in the Perkins Great Eastern Run in Peterborough this Sunday (13th) as part of TEAMJESS.
Running, so Jess can walk……
Jessica Howard is 4 and was born with a form of cerebral palsy. This means some of the nerves in her spine have been permanently damaged resulting in spasticity. This greatly limits normal movement in her arms and legs that would otherwise allow her to walk. Jess’ underlying condition will not improve over time, but there is an operation that she could have. In the UK it is possible that this could be received on the NHS under very stringent circumstances. If this is refused it would result in a trip to America at a cost of £50k when Jess is strong enough, thought to be when she is at least 6 years old. Once completed, there would be extensive and expensive physio to follow up to ensure the maximum benefit is achieved.
It is hoped that Jess will have this operation on the NHS,in which case the money raised will be used to provide as much of the expensive rehabilitation physio and equipment as possible (£30k). In the event that the NHS option is turned down – it will be a springboard for the £50k USA operation target.
TEAMJESS is a community running team that will look to compete in two main race meetings this year to raise money for the little girl from Helpston. It has since grown to accommodate other fundraising activities to support the cause.
Find out more about Team Jess and make a donation to the cause by visiting their website