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Parents take part in walk to help paralysed Jasper

Jasper has a damaged spinal cord Credit: Actionpr

Kate Thornton Jones, from Surrey, is organising a charity walk to help raise funds to cover specialist spinal cord rehabilitation for her four-year-old son Jasper.

The Jasper’s Journey Walk will take place in Reigate at 2pm on Saturday 20 May – Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day. It will comprise a circular 2.5KM route along paths suitable for baby buggies and wheelchairs.

Jasper was fit and well before contracting Hand, Foot & Mouth disease at a party in November 2015. A rare complication saw this go to his heart and he was admitted to the Royal Brompton Hospital with dilated cardiomyopathy – an enlarged heart.

He was put on life support but, when the doctors brought him round, Jasper couldn’t move his legs: a blood clot had damaged his lower spinal cord and he was paralysed from the waist down.

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Wheelchair athlete ready to take on Brighton Marathon

The Brighton marathon is less than two weeks away. Meaning over twelve thousand people are fine-tuning their training this week. That includes David Williamson. He hit the headlines last year - after being told wheelchair users can only take part - if they're accompanied by an able-bodied runner. He's determined to prove organisers should change the rules. And is hoping to fundraise along the way.

David, from Havant, has set up a Just Giving page to raise money for 21 month old Felicity Gooderham, who has three brain conditions as well epilepsy and is visually impaired.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Felicity2017

He's hoping to prove to the organisers of Brighton Marathon that wheelchair users can compete unaccompanied. As well as raising money to buy equipment for Felicity.

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