Jenson’s appeal reaches half way point

Carly and Joel Tucker are hoping Jenson will be able to have SDR surgery next year.

Carly and Joel Tucker are hoping Jenson will be able to have SDR surgery next year. - Credit: Archant

Family delighted as auction brings total up to nearly £40,000.

A FAMILY fundraising for their two-year-old son to have life-changing surgery in America have reached the half-way mark.

Carly and Joel Tucker, from Yelland, say they are amazed to have raised nearly £40,000 of their £65,000 target to send their son Jenson to America.

The Gazette reported in August how Jenson, who suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, is hoping to undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery to help him walk for the first time.

On Friday, Carly’s parents Anna and Buster Jones organised a silent auction at the Pier House in Westward Ho! which raised a total of more than £9,000.

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“I’m amazed at how much we have raised so far because it doesn’t feel like we started that long ago,” said Carly.

Now the family are gearing up to sell 5,000 tickets for their Grand Draw for Jenson. For £1 a ticket, prizes include a self catering holiday in France, a two night break in Cornwall and many more prizes.

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Tickets will be on sale at Atlantic Village on December 7 and 8, where visitors can also sign Joel’s MK 1 Golf - which will be given to Jenson when he is older - in exchange for a donation.

And this week Carly and Joel are sending a video of Jenson to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, to assess how ready he is for the operation.

“All being well with our fundraising, we’re hoping Jenson will be able to have surgery some time next year,” said Carly.

Anyone who wishes to donate towards Jenson’s operation can do so by visiting or text JENS61 plus either £1, £5 or £10 to 70070.

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