A COMMUNITY fundraising day for Gaywood youngster Jac Coffey and his family looks set to raise a massive £6,000.
More than 300 walkers stepped out on Saturday and completed a 5k route as part of an afternoon of fun organised by fitness instructor Anna Hodgson, of Terrington St Clement.
A count-up revealed £5,940 was raised with more still to come. Mrs Hodgson was overwhelmed with the response and has thanked everyone for turning up, acting as marshals en route, for helping in any way and also to the West Lynn Sports and Social Club venue.
She said family, friends and the community had made the successful event happen and she was “amazed” with the amount raised.
The fun day included face painting, bouncy fun on inflatables, a fire engine on display and a friendly football match between ambulance crews and police officers. Special ‘Jac’s Journey’ wristbands and T-shirts had been made and there was a araffle.
The Coffey family of mum Kayleigh, dad Jay, four-year-old Jac and younger brother Leo attended and Kayleigh has thanked Mrs Hodgson and everyone “from the bottom of my heart”.
She said Jac wasn’t in the best of moods but he enjoyed staying for a while and playing.
The total will also be boosted by power lifter Ross McConnachie, who will take on a gruelling fitness challenge tomorrow (Saturday). Mr McConnachie has pledged to complete the equivalent amount raised by Mrs Hodgson in a burpee (full body squat thrust) challenge at the social club. Mrs Hodgson hopes people will show their support.
Community members have been fundraising for the Coffeys to enjoy some family time together after two new tumours were discovered in Jac’s back.
The youngster has undergone a course of radio therapy to try to shrink the growths, but the family have been told his condition is terminal.
In support of the family, Shona Simpson has braved the shave a second time for Jac.
A midwife at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, she said she was very happy to have raised around £800.