A six-year-old boy who suffers from Cerebral palsy completed a 2.5km fun run in less than half an hour on Saturday, with hopes that the money raised will help to fund a life-changing operation.
Friends and family members expected Jack Rickard, of Peterborough, to take an hour or more to finish the race – but Jack astonished onlookers by completing the run in approximately 28 minutes.
Mother, Shona Rickard, said: “I was so proud of Jack I had tears in my eyes all day. He was simply amazing. It was a show of pure determination.
“He kept saying ‘I want to run it’ and tried to jog holding his dad’s hand.
“He took a couple of brief breaks, but with [sister] Ava’s encouragement he was soon over the finish line.”
Mr and Mrs Rickard are attempting to raise £60,000 so that Jack can undergo life-changing surgery at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The duo are pursuing a complicated procedure known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), which is not currently available on the NHS, but could significantly improve Jack’s ability to lead a very active life in future years.
Mr and Mrs Rickard are organising a series of fundraising events in attempt to raise the money, and predict that Saturday’s fun run at Barnack Primary School has already raised in excess of £1,000.
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