Jacob’s joy at woodland break thanks to appeal

Nine-year-old Jacob Gratton has enjoyed a five day holiday to Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest thanks to Help A Child Have A Chance's 12 Days of Xmas Appeal in association with The Star.'Photo caption 2: (L-R) Sam, Steve and Jacob Gratton
Nine-year-old Jacob Gratton has enjoyed a five day holiday to Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest thanks to Help A Child Have A Chance's 12 Days of Xmas Appeal in association with The Star.'Photo caption 2: (L-R) Sam, Steve and Jacob Gratton
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A NINE-year-old boy with a serious illness has enjoyed a woodland holiday - with a little help from The Star.

Jacob Gratton enjoyed a five-day trip to Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest thanks to the charity Help A Child Have A Chance’s 12 Days of Christmas Appeal in association with The Star.

Jacob suffers from muscular dystrophy which means he uses a wheelchair and has a limited life expectancy.

The youngster, from Edenthorpe, Doncaster, was diagnosed when he was four.

Jacob’s trip was funded by a £1,000 donation from Help A Child Have A Chance, a charity founded in 2009 by the wife and daughters of the late Hallam FM radio DJ Dave Kilner.

Jacob’s mum Lisa said: “The long weekend break was lovely and we took part in lots of activities and enjoyed the fresh air. We are so grateful to Help A Child Have A Chance and The Star.

“Jacob really loved the swimming as he was able to stand on his own in the water. And his older brother, Sam, really enjoyed cycling - because of Jacob’s condition, we don’t get out on bikes very often.”

The 12 Days of Christmas campaign offered needy children and their families across South Yorkshire a chance to receive a share of £10,000.

Shirley Kilner, Dave’s wife and trustee of the charity, said: “Help A Child Have A Chance is all about improving the quality of life of disadvantaged children and helping make their lives that little bit better.

“We were delighted to support the Grattons through Help A Child Have A Chance’s 12 Days of Christmas Appeal in association with The Star and it is wonderful to hear Jacob and his family had such a great time at Centre Parcs.”

Organisers of the appeal are still looking for more youngsters from South Yorkshire who they can help through the appeal.

To get involved with Help a Child Have a Chance, or to nominate a child for funding, log on to www.helpachildhaveachance.co.uk or call Shirley on 07507 600 146.