Weston College staff walk 100 miles for Jacob’s journey

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:13 31 August 2016

Jacob with his family and supporters at the bottom of Jacobs Ladder.

Jacob with his family and supporters at the bottom of Jacobs Ladder.


Weston College staff took part in a gruelling 100-mile walk to help raise money for two-year-old Jacob Baird, who needs a £75,000 operation to help him walk.

Jacob has cerebral palsy and his legs spasm uncontrollably, leaving him unable to walk. Marcus Tyler, who is a residential co-ordinator at the college, told the Mercury he wanted to go that extra mile to help Jacob’s mum Nicola with her fundraising efforts.

He said: “Jacob’s mum got in touch with Weston College to ask principal Dr Paul Phillips for support with fundraising. The college went on to raise hundreds of pounds for Jacob’s cause, and myself and two others wanted to go the extra step or two.”

Marcus, along with colleagues Leigh Murray and Emma Rosewell, decided to walk from Blackpool’s pleasure beach to Cheddar Gorge.

The team were joined by some friends and the group decided to take on the challenge dressed as super heroes. Marcus dressed as Batman, while Leigh was the Joker and Emma took part as Wonder Woman.

Marcus added: “I was really pleased with how the walk went. We were so pleased to see many friendly and familiar faces as we arrived in Cheddar to help us finish the journey.”

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