Housing association raises money for child's life-changing surgery
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Health
A housing association is raising money to pay for a child's life-changing surgery.
Cross Keys Homes (CKH) has chosen to pay for five-year-old Jason Ford's treatment in America, for surgery that is currently unavailable in the UK.
Jenson, who is the son of Katie Ford, repairs clark at CKH, has cerebral palsy - spastic hemiplegia.
He has been offered a date for his operation at the end of March so CKH is now busy trying to raise the remaining £30,000 needed to ensure he gets there.
The surgery (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) will remove all the spasticity in Jenson’s right leg and enable him to walk without the need of ever having to wear leg splints, have Botox injections or endure intensive physiotherapy for the rest of his life.
CKH staff have raised over £1,800 for the previous Chair’s Charities, Sue Ryder Care and Marie Curie Cancer Care, over the last two years.
So far this year they have already raised over £700 for Jenson by holding a pantomime day and raffle, and have many more events planned.
Katie Ford is delighted by the support she has received from her colleagues. She said: “I am really pleased by the support we have received from all the people I work with. They have really got behind Jenson and are so generous. They’re a really great bunch of people!”
CKH's chief executive, Mick Leggett, said: “I’ve always known Cross Keys Homes staff are a dedicated lot, and it was natural that they would want to support their colleague at this time. I am really proud of all their fundraising work over the years and I wish Katie all the best in achieving her target for Jenson.”
CKH manages over 10,000 homes in the Peterborough area.