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Another £20,000 needed to help Joel

Setting off on the Sleaford to Skegness fundraising bike ride, from left - Richard Simpson, John Burch and Andrew Clark pictured with Joel James. Photo: 8233mf

Setting off on the Sleaford to Skegness fundraising bike ride, from left - Richard Simpson, John Burch and Andrew Clark pictured with Joel James. Photo: 8233mf

PART of the proceeds from a business’s charity open weekend have been presented to a local appeal.

Managing director of AW Repair Group, Andrew Walsh, recently handed over £775 to Sleaford youngster Joel James and mum Karen following the company’s Meet Star Cars open weekend on Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

The event, featuring Herbie, Kitt and the Batmobile, raised £1,550 to be shared between Joel’s Quest and the NSPCC.

The campaign for Joel Quest is now gathering pace. The appeal is raising money for a life changing operation to help cerebral palsy sufferer Joel walk.

After receiving an email from the hospital in the United States where Joel will have his surgery this summer, mum Karen said: “I had to confirm that we will have the funds in place to pay, so I took a leap of faith and said ‘yes’. However, this means we now have a huge task ahead and we need to raise at least another £20,000 before the end of June.

“Joel is very excited about the prospect of his surgery and the change it will make to his life.”

Numerous fundraising events and generous donations are still ongoing.

On Saturday, April 14, Richard Simpson, John Burch and Andrew Clark cycled all the way from Sleaford’s Sainsbury’s store to Skegness and back to raise money for Joel’s Quest. They managed the 80 mile round trip in just under five hours and raised around £600, with money still coming in.

A stall at the St George’s Day market added a further £143 to the coffers and a bucket collection at a concert by the Boston Concert Band brought in another £306.

The George Hotel in Leadenham hosted a fire walk, where 27 participants walked across hot coals for Joel. This event brought in an impressive £4,000.

On Friday, Rauceby Primary School, where Joel is a pupil, held a Jeans for Joel day, when all the children came into school wearing jeans for a donation. They also took part in the Tuppence challenge, where they filled a large J shape with pennies and two-pence coins.

Overall the school raised £500 for Joel, and the Year Two class, where Joel’s sister Sarina is a pupil, raised an incredible £300 all by themselves.

A 70’s night, with a special appearance by Abba tribute act Angel Eyes, is to be held on Thursday, May 31 at Sleaford Legionnaires Club, starting at 7.30pm. People are invited to turn up in 70’s gear and there will be a prize for the best dressed.

Tickets for the 70s night are available from the Legionnaires Club or from Karen James on 07900 916763.

 
 
 

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