Jacob takes on walking challenge fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 June 2018

Jacob will walk from Weston's Grand Pier to the Pavilion.            Picture: Nicola Baird

Jacob will walk from Weston's Grand Pier to the Pavilion. Picture: Nicola Baird


The family of a four-year-old from Weston-super-Mare have organised a walk to raise money for two services which have cared for him since his cerebral palsy diagnosis in 2015.

Jacob Baird will walk from the entrance of Weston’s Grand Pier to the end of the pavilion on July 1 at 10am – the furthest he has ever walked – to raise money for the North Somerset Portage service and Conductive Education Bristol (CE Bristol).

His mum, Nicola Baird, set up a fundraising page to support the services who have cared for him over the past two and a half years.

Spectators are encouraged to come along and support Jacob while he undertakes his sponsored walk.

Jacob’s fundraising page has been shared 180 times over Facebook with £375 raised towards his £500 goal.

Nicola said: “The two organisations we have chosen mean a great deal to us.

“They came onboard to support us as a family at a time when we didn’t really know what Jacob’s future would be, having just received his diagnosis of cerebral palsy.”

The portage service provides home visits for preschool children with additional educational needs, and CE Bristol offer free sessions to children under five with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders in Bristol and Somerset.

“We knew we wanted to give something back and what better way to show our thanks than a sponsored walk to show how far Jacob has come.

“When thinking of a location there was only one venue that stood out for us, The Grand Pier.

“None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the generosity of the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust and its wonderful donation when we were fund raising for Jacob’s surgery.”

In 2016, Jacob’s family raised £90,000 for his life-changing surgery in America and due to the operation’s success he has since been able to walk with the help of a walking frame.

The Grand Pier is granting free admission to any spectators who attend Jacob’s sponsored walk on July 1, and visitors should speak to a member of staff.

If you would like to sponsor Jacob’s walk, visit www.gofundme.com/jacobsgiantchallenge

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