Alford teenager adds £400 to Marc’s wheelchair appeal

Tammy Heath with her sister Katie Heath, Marc Perry and all the people who took part in the sponsored fancy dress walk. Photo by John Crossland.
Tammy Heath with her sister Katie Heath, Marc Perry and all the people who took part in the sponsored fancy dress walk. Photo by John Crossland.
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A COMPASSIONATE teenager has raised over £400 to help a disabled young man in desperate need of a new wheelchair who she met online.

Tammy Heath, 14, from Alford, was so determined to find a way to help fellow teenager Marc Perry, she organised a sponsored fancy dress walk between Alford and Mablethorpe, held on Saturday.

“When I saw another teenager the same age as me needing help, I just thought that I had to help him even though I’d never even met him, only online,” said Tammy.

As reported, Marc’s mother Jody Mumford recently made a heartfelt plea for donations to provide her son with a new £15,000 wheelchair after he outgrew his current one, provided by the charity Whizz Kids.

Unfortunately, the family were previously told there was no funding available through the charity or the NHS to buy a replacement of equal quality.

It was then Jody set up a Facebook appeal and within a few weeks she was inundated with offers from people in the community wanting to help.

More than £4,500 was given in donations - many of them from complete strangers.

Marc also joined Tammy and the other walkers, many from John Spendluffe Technology College, on the journey despite suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive muscle wasting disorder which severely restricts his mobility and will only get worse as he gets older.

“I’m so proud of my daughter, as 20 people got involved, mainly children on the day, and they walked 14 miles in the end after getting stuck in a diversion, making it to Mablethorpe at 2.20pm,” said Cheryl Heath, Tammy’s mother.

Now Cheryl is aiming to raise £1,000 towards Marc’s fund, with a variety night set for Friday night at the Alford Corn Exchange.

“There will be singers, comedian and compere Nick Brown, The Lisa Jay dancers, STAGE will be there bringing parts from their Boogie Nights 2 show, there will be hypnotist Ian Dee and much more,” added Cheryl.

The Wheels in Motion variety event will hopefully raise more funds for Marc, as without his specially designed wheelchair, he would be unable to carry out simple daily tasks.

Tickets cost £7 and doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start.

If you would like to donate or you have some fund-raising ideas of your own, contact Jody on 01754 810818.