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100km Walk for Jakes Journey

Jakes Journey

100KM WALK FOR JAKE’S JOURNEY

The father of Jake, Jake’s Journey is participating in one of the UK’s great endurance events to give his son the chance of a better life.

Marcus Foreman, from Frimley, and friend, Matt Monk, from Staines, are taking part in the London2Brighton Challenge – a gruelling 100km walk from the capital to the coast. They are appealing for sponsorship to help them raise £17,000 to pay for potentially life-changing treatment for Jake, Marcus’s five year old son.

‘Until a year and a half ago, Jake was happy and enthusiastic, an inquisitive little boy who loved meeting people and watching films like Finding Nemo and Cars and he used to have a real belly laugh. But we’ve had to make numerous emergency trips to the hospital because of his epilepsy and the medication he has to take stops him being alert and wanting to interact with people.’

Jake has severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy and uncontrolled epilepsy caused by meningitis at birth. Marcus and his wife, Emily, are being supported by, Tree of Hope, to help them fundraise for stem cell therapy which could increase Jake’s mobility, reduce Jake’s numerous seizures, and in turn give him a better quality of life.

Marcus says “Stem cell therapy could make such a difference to Jake’s life but it’s not available on the NHS. We are hoping people will be generous enough to support us through sponsorship and donations so that we can take Jake abroad and pay privately for the treatment.

“It needs to be something challenging to demonstrate just how important this is to us. We’re under no illusions the London2Brighton walk is going to be incredibly hard but, if we can raise enough money to help Jake, every single step will have been worth it.”

Fundraising manager at Tree of Hope, Emma Bourne, says she hopes sponsors will be generous in their support.

“Imagine how it must feel to have a child born with a complex disability, or for your child to develop a serious illness, and to know that there is treatment that could improve their health and their lives but not be able to afford it.

“We are proud to be supporting Marcus and Emily in their efforts.”

Marcus and Matt  have been gradually building up their distances by training several times a week.  They will be doing the 100k London2Brighton  on the weekend of 28th and 29th May, across the late May Bank Holiday. They will start with a 56k walk on the first day and finish with a 44k walk on the second.

“Matt and I have known each other for 20 years, and met when Emily, Matt and I were on a training session for the same job. It was very easy to persuade Matt to take part in the challenge – he asked me what I was doing to fundraise for Jake and when I mentioned I was signing up for the walk he said he’d do it as well, which was brilliant news,” says Marcus.

The London2Brighton walk starts at Richmond in West London at 7am on Saturday morning, crosses the North and South Downs and finishes at Brighton Race Course. 60% of the course is off road.

If you would like to support Marcus and Matt in their epic walk, you can donate through Jake’s JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/jakesjourney

For more information about the London2Brighton, visit http://www.london2brightonchallenge.com/the-challenge

 


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