Jason Manford's 'charity ninjas' help family raise money for son's new prosthetic leg
PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:06 13 March 2018
A Congresbury family are 'overwhelmed' after they surpassed their £5,000 target overnight to buy a prosthetic leg for their son, thanks to a famous comedian.
Award-winning funny man Jason Manford called on his ‘charity ninjas’ to give generously to two-year-old Finley Williams who had his right leg amputated when he was just 11 months old.
Katie and Jake Williams launched an appeal to raise £5,000 to secure him a prosthetic leg which would be made especially for him, and would provide more comfort and support than his current NHS one.
Despite the ‘ large target, the family were hopeful they would be able to secure the full amount within a few months, but thanks to the TV personality, they surpassed their total overnight.
Mr Manford chose Finley’s cause for his #CharityNinja campaign, where he encourages his followers to do a good deed and support a charity or cause chosen by him.
The family’s JustGiving page had a target of £5,000 set but this was broken by 6am on Friday morning thanks to the ‘ninjas’.
The couple woke up to more than 1,000 notifications from their page and saw the total had grown from £1,020 the previous night to almost £5,500 the following morning from anonymous donors who simply wrote ‘#charityninja’.
Katie told the Times: “I was overwhelmed, we couldn’t believe it and we are so touched that Jason Manford chose us and our little boy for his campaign.
“I was just so amazed I couldn’t speak. We really did not expect it and it has allowed us to explore other options which had previously been a pipe dream.”
The couple made the difficult decision to have Finley’s leg amputated in February 2016 when it was discovered he had an under-developed tibia, no ankle joints and two missing bones in his knee.
Katie said she had always looked into various prosthetic legs around the world and ones made in New York were rated as the best but they ‘never imagined’ they would ever afford it.
But the couple have been able to explore this option and more thanks to Mr Manford’s support.
They have now raised £6,613 through their page as well as external donations.
To make a donation, visit their JustGiving page.