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J2 Bushey Marketing Agency raises over £30,000 for employee’s son with unique genetic disorder

Nine-year-old George Read from Harrow is believed to be the only person in the world with his particular, nameless genetic disorder.

 

His duplication of chromosomes 2 and 9 has caused severe developmental delay, low muscle tone, autism and epilepsy. He is non-verbal and has a gastic tube to help him eat and drink. In spite of this he is a happy little boy, always smiling and giggling and is making progress, able to walk a few steps.

 

George’s development is approximately akin to that of a one-year-old baby, so as he gets bigger, it becomes more difficult for his parents Anita, 50 and Ian, 52 to help him move around the house and carry out care tasks such as bathing.

 

They are hoping to raise £75,000 to make changes to their house so that George can join in everyday things with the rest of the family and have more freedom, as well as help fund respire care. Planned adaptations include making the front of the  house level so they don’t have to lift his heavy wheelchair over the doorstep and making all the downstairs rooms level so that George doesn’t have to spend all his time in one room. They would also like to install a wet room with specialist equipment so that George can enjoy a bath safely without his parents struggling to lift him in and out.

 

The fundraising has got off to a flying start thanks to J2, the Bushey and London based marketing agency J2 which specialises in property where Anita works as a creative planning director

 

The two offices held a virtual 200km cycle race on exercise bikes with each employee doing 15-minute stints and following each other’s progress on social media, raising over £30,000 from clients and supporters. MD Julian SURNAME has pledged to match any funds raised up to the first £3,000 – exceeded ten times over in their first event. More events are planned throughout the year.

 

Anita said: ‘It means such a lot to me that my colleagues and clients have thrown themselves behind our fundraising in this way. The more George grows, the more urgent the adaptations to the house become and it is amazing to feel supported in this way.’

 

The family is being supported by children’s charity Tree of Hope which helps families fundraise for children like Amélie with healthcare needs and provides charity status to benefit from gift aid, corporate support whilst also providing donor reassurance.

 

Gill Gibb, Tree of Hope CEO said: ‘It’s great to see J2 throwing themselves into fundraising for George in this way and what a great result for their very first event!’

 

To donate to George’s fund, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/j2forgeorge

 

For more information about J2 visit https://www.j2.net/

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