AN OVERWHELMING charitable effort from friends, family and even complete strangers has raised thousands to help a disabled teenager find his independence in a mere matter of weeks.
A series of gruelling endurance challenges, variety shows and charity walks has raised an amazing £11,000 to provide 14-year-old Marc Perry with the wheelchair he so desperately needs.
Marc’s mother Jody Mumford has been astounded by the phenomenal response in support of her son.
“It was overwhelming - we are so used to not getting anywhere with the NHS and the people who you think are there to help you, so for so many people to achieve this in just 10 weeks is just incredible - it’s totally mad!” she said.
“This is going to make a massive difference for Marc, he is really excited to be getting it before the summer holidays because this will give him a lot more independence.
“To say that we are grateful doesn’t even cut it, you can’t put into words how thankful we are to everyone who has helped.”
The Burgh teen suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative muscle wasting disease that leaves him confined to a wheelchair.
Having outgrown his current chair and with no offer of a suitable replacement from the NHS or the Whizz Kids charity, which provided his old model, Jody feared she would have to pull Marc out of school, leaving him confined to his bed isolated from all his friends.
After issuing an appeal in the Standard, Jody was inundated with generous offers of support from charitable fund raisers eager to organise events and sponsored challenges to help Marc.
The most recent event involved six brave souls who raised an incredible £2,000 by completing the ‘Tough Mudder Challenge’ - a gruelling 10 mile obstacle course designed by the special forces as the ultimate test of strength and stamina. Those donations, along with funds raised from charity events held as far away as Kent, are expected to push the total beyond £11,000 enabling Marc to replace his wheelchair, which should arrive in a matter of weeks.
Jody plans to invite all of those who have supported Marc to a celebratory thank you party.