A campaign to raise £200,000 to help a toddler suffering from brain damage return to his family home has been launched by a weekly paper.
The Daventry Express – known locally as The Gusher – is spearheading the campaign to support Jago Worrall, who was left with severe brain injuries after falling into a pond in the garden and almost drowning.
The money is needed to install medical equipment at his home and pay for the vital round-the-clock care he requires.
The first fundraiser for the cause, a family quiz night, raised £600 – and more events are planned for the coming months.
Reporter Steve Mills said the paper had decided to help as story had struck a chord with everyone in the office.
“When we first heard of two-year-old Jago’s accident, it was a story which touched everyone and with the substantial amount that was needed, we all knew we could not just sit back and hope for the best,” he said.
“We all wanted to be proactive in helping his parents Barney and Lyn raise the money to bring Jago home and help his recovery.
“A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us in this fundraising campaign. I know that Jago’s family are incredibly grateful for the support they have received.”
After the accident, experts gave two-year-old Jago just a one per cent chance of survival – but he has fought for survival and now, his parents want to bring him home from the specialist paediatric centre he is currently living in.
The launch of the campaign earlier this year was heralded with a splash, plus an emotive feature inside the paper with Jago’s family.
The £600 raised at the quiz night brings the total raised so far to £1,500.
Steve helped compile the questions for the quiz with the help of deputy editor Amanda Chalmers.
Added Amanda: “We’re so pleased with the success of our first event which has spurred us on to immediately start planning the next one.
“Other events lined up for later in the year include a charity golf day, band night, dinner and auction and even a recipe book. We’re even going to be at the town’s Easter egg hunt in a couple of weeks raffling off prizes in another attempt to boost the coffers.”
Donations can be pledged online here.