Disabled boy set for fun-packed holiday

Jacob Gratton with mum Lisa and Shirley Kilner, from Help a Child Have a Chance.
Jacob Gratton with mum Lisa and Shirley Kilner, from Help a Child Have a Chance.
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FUN and excitement is in store for a disabled South Yorkshire boy who’s set to go on a special holiday thanks to The Star’s 12 Days of Christmas appeal.

Jacob Gratton, aged nine, suffers from muscular dystrophy, which has left him wheelchair-bound and limited his life expectancy.

The youngster, from Edenthorpe, Doncaster, was diagnosed with the condition aged four, and could live only until he is 20.

After being nominated by his mum Lisa, Jacob is now set to enjoy a family holiday to Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest, getting plenty of fresh air and taking part in lots of activities.

The trip, worth around £1,000, will be paid for by Sheffield charity Help A Child Have A Chance.

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

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

Jacob’s muscle wasting condition is called Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, a progressive illness which will eventually leave him totally dependent on others.

His mum Lisa said she was ‘delighted’ with the holiday, and that it will provide a getaway for Jacob and his older brother Sam.

“This will give us something to look forward to, providing an escape for a little while,” she said.

“Jacob will benefit immensely from the fresh air and activities they offer and Sam will also benefit from having some valuable time focused on him too.”

She added: “Due to the nature of the condition, Jacob’s life will only get harder.”

Lisa said the trip will give the family the chance to build ‘special, happy memories’.

“Jacob is such a happy and positive little man. We are all too aware that we need to enjoy every day we have together,” she said.

See The Star tomorrow for another 12 Days of Christmas winner. Call 07507 600146 or visit www.helpachildhaveachance.co.uk for more information about the charity.