Jac Coffey with mum Kayleigh. Picture: Tony Jones.

The family of a Gaywood toddler hope his treatment for a brain tumour will allow them to celebrate a family Christmas. 

Three-year-old Jac Coffey is undergoing intensive chemotherapy for the tumour which is attached to part of his spinal chord.

The plight of Jac and his parents Jay and Kayleigh, was highlighted in Your Local Paper last month when fundraiser Bridget Wells was spurred into action.

She is raising money for the family who may need to travel to America in the future for pioneering proton therapy, which is not available in this country.

Mrs Wells has raised £460 and on Wednesday she has a bingo at the Royal British Legion Club, King’s Lynn,  at 7.30pm followed by a book sale on October 31 at Gaywood Church Rooms from 10am to 2pm.

Members of Motiv8 fitness and exercise have also rallied round. Instructor Anna Hodgson has organised  a family health and fitness fun day at the North Lynn gym on November 14 from  8am to 8pm.

Mrs Hodgson, of Terrington St Clement, read about Jac, who was diagnosed in March.

She said: “My husband had cancer a while ago and I have twins aged two so I really felt for the family.”

The day will see member Shona Simpson have her head shaved,  there will be a 12-hour sponsored exercise event, competitions, a raffle and activities for children.

The Coffeys were expecting to find out more this week about how Jac’s treatment has affected his kidneys, as doctors were concerned they could be damaged.

Jac will need chemotherapy until next May and his mum said if he kept well, the family should be together for Christmas.

Jac has to attend Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge every two weeks for treatment.

Miss Coffey said: “The next session is next week for one day, then two weeks later for five days, followed by another two weeks for two days then two weeks with three days in hospital. The cycle means if he stays fit and doesn’t get a fever, we can have family round for Christmas and Boxing Day.

“It is going to be a special Christmas for Jac,” said Miss Coffey, who added that last year, they were unaware of the tumour.

Surgeons have operated on the tumour, which started at the back of Jac’s neck, but they could not remove all of it because of its delicate position and the family have been told there was a 50/50 chance it could return.

“In himself, he is a happy little boy. He has spent more time in hospital than at home,” said Miss Coffey, who also has ten-week-old son, Leo Thomas.