Jenson’s close to fundraising total

10:30 20 March 2014

Three-year-old Jenson Tucker pictured with parents Carly and Joel Tucker, brother Freddie, and grandparents Buster and Anna Jones.

Three-year-old Jenson Tucker pictured with parents Carly and Joel Tucker, brother Freddie, and grandparents Buster and Anna Jones.

Archant

Youngster has been accepted for life-changing SDR surgery in America and is just £2,000 off fundraising total.

A BIDEFORD couple are just two thousand pounds from their fundraising total to send their three-year-old son for life-changing surgery in America.

In August last year the Gazette reported how Jenson Tucker, who has cerebral palsy, could be able to walk for the first time if his family could fundraise £65,000 to send him to America to undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery.

Since then his parents Carly and Joel Tucker have discovered Jenson, who attends East-the-Water preschool, has been accepted for the surgery.

And the couple announced yesterday (Wednesday), after the Gazette went to press, Jenson will be having his operation on June 26, 2014.

Carly and Joel, with held from Carly’s parents Anna and Buster Jones, have been fundraising tirelessly and their total now stands at just over £62,800.

The procedure at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri would involve cutting away the ‘dead’ nerve endings to reduce the spasticity in Jenson’s legs and could enable the youngster to sit and stand on his own for the first time.

“We have just been completely humbled by how many people have stepped up to help and donate,” said Anna.

“One lady donated £6,500 – she said her and her husband had always wanted to help a local child and after her husband passed away she knew Jenson was the right one.

“There’s a 19-year-old called Edward Spencer who is running five marathons in five days, so many people have been doing things to help us reach our total.”

A number of fundraising events are still being held to help push the fundraising to its £65,000 total – and beyond.

“Any extra money we raise will all go towards helping Jenson after his operation and buying him specialist equipment and physiotherapy,” explained Buster.

n For more information on Jenson or to donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/jensonspage.

0 comments

Other News Stories

12:37
The coastguard cliff rescue team brings the casualty to safety. Picture: RNLI

Dramatic night time rescue for Clovelly RNLI, coastguard and the Chivenor helicopter

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

Two people taken to hospital following ‘head-on’ collision’.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:10
Jasmine Chesters with some of the crop at Ashford Fruit Farm

A North Devon fruit farm is overflowing with strawberries during one of its best years ever.

Read more
Fri, 16:06
The models with show supporters from Saltrock and CLIC Sargent.

Stills tickets available for the show tonight (Friday) at Orchard Vale School in Barnstaple

Read more
Fri, 14:12
With the new 'Maurice' trophies are Arlene Collins and Oliver McCarron of Marsdens, plus (centre), Heather McNeilly of Shoreline Glass.

Don’t miss Ilfracombe’s tastiest food festival on Saturday, July 11

Read more
Fri, 13:58
Inside Infinity. Picture: Tony Edmonds

Family fun at Infinity this Saturday night as Ilfracombe’s new after dark venue hosts its public launch party...

Read more
Fri, 13:51
Queens Avenue residents gather at the play area site, which is under threat from development.

Queens Avenue residents dismayed at North Devon Homes plans to build on green space

Read more
Fri, 09:37
Picture by Graham Hobbs

Cannon firing marked the start of Bideford Heritage Week last weekend - with Heritage Day this Saturday.

Read more
Fri, 09:30
Race for Life in Barnstaple.

Hundreds of women will be turning Barnstaple pink for Cancer Research UK this Sunday.

Read more
Fri, 09:25
Fremington para-powerlifter Ross Austen (centre) took the gold medal at the British Championships

Ross Austen, 33, took up power lifting this year after sustaining injuries to his right leg during active service. Now he’s going for gold.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder