Amazing Jacob conquers Snowdon in his wheelchair

11 year old boy from Kent climbs Snowdon in a wheelchair

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11 year old Jacob from Kent climbs Snowdon in his wheelchair

On the way up Credit: Jerry Doyle

Young Jacob Rafferty, aged 11, has successfully climbed Snowdon in a wheelchair for the Spinal Research charity – with the help of 20 police officers from the Metropolitan Police, including his mum and dad.

Jacob, from Halling, Rochester, Kent is wheelchair bound after suffering a spinal tumour. It was diagnosed when Jacob was just eight years old. The operation to save his life sadly damaged his spinal cord and left him paralysed and unable to walk.

But mum, Emma and dad, Adrian, who are both in the Metropolitan Police Territorial Support Group, want Jacob to know he can do anything he sets his mind to in life.

Jacob (bottom middle) with his family Credit: Jerry Doyle

“The police force have been fantastic since it all happened,” said dad, Adrian, who also has four other children with Emma. “They have been understanding throughout over hospital appointments and all the challenges we have had to face with Jacob becoming disabled.”

Now the focus is on the future and helping to accelerate ground-breaking medical research funded by Spinal Research that could bring hope to Jacob and help him walk again.

£2,365 has already been pledged by supporters. People can support the challenge in aid of Jacob and Spinal Research by visiting www.justgiving.com/Jacob-Rafferty-Snowdenchallenge/ For more information on Spinal Research go to www.spinal-research.org

“I believe Jacob will walk again one day,” said mum, Emma. “Supporting Spinal Research will hopefully help speed up vital research.”

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