Teen is making a splash thanks to charity appeal

Adam Oates gets a 12 month pass for Hillsborough Leisure Centre from Shirley Kilner and Eamonn Hunt from Help a child charity
Adam Oates gets a 12 month pass for Hillsborough Leisure Centre from Shirley Kilner and Eamonn Hunt from Help a child charity
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A TEENAGER who completed a fundraising skydive despite battling a debilitating illness is set to carry on keeping active thanks to the 12 Days of Christmas appeal.

Adam Oates, aged 16, from Ecclesfield, suffers from juvenile arthritis, which leaves him in extreme pain and sometimes unable to move - yet he also cares for his poorly mum Rachael, who has Crohn’s disease.

And two months ago he launched himself bravely from an aeroplane for a sponsored parachute jump in aid of his three-year-old cousin, Vannie Arslan, who suffers from a rare eye cancer.

Adam has now received a 12-month Hillsborough Leisure Centre gym pass, courtesy of city charity Help A Child Have A Chance.

The 12 Days of Christmas campaign, run in association with The Star, offers needy youngsters across the region the chance of receiving a share of £10,000.

Nominations flooded in following an appeal and the winners are now being revealed.

Despite missing lots of school due to illness, the Yewlands Technology College pupil is still on course to pass all his GCSEs and progress to his A levels.

Adam plans to pursue a career as a psychologist.

Adam carried out the parachute mission to help raise money to create a Fireman Sam-themed bedroom for Vannie, and he’s also raised hundreds through school events.

Rachael said her son will use the leisure centre pass to go swimming, which will help ease the arthritic pains in his joints.

“My son is an inspiration,” she said. “Adam gives so much and never asks or expects to get anything back.”

n See The Star tomorrow for another 12 Days of Christmas winner. Call 07507 600 146 or visit www.helpachildhaveachance.co.uk for more information about the charity.