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First Event helps raise more than £5,000 to buy Jack a new wheelchair

Leeds event agency First Event helped raise more than £5,000 at a 24-hour spin challenge in aid of a local boy suffering from microcephaly, a condition stunting the development of the brain.

The fundraiser saw the First Event team rack up 480 miles on two spin bikes to support 11 year-old Jack, who is in need of a new wheelchair. The ‘Pimp Jack’s Ride!’ event was initiated by Jack’s aunt, First Event graphic designer Charlotte Jackson.

First Event’s Stephanie Caldecott said: “It was confirmed following the event, which was held at our offices in Yeadon, Jack’s £5,000 target was passed. This means that Jack’s family will be able to buy the wheelchair he so desperately needs for a better quality of life.

“DW Fitness First Yeadon provided the spin bikes for the event, and joined us for a portion of the day to encourage those spinning and have a go on the bikes. Eat More Plants (a plant-based meal service) provided post-cycle fuel for all spinners.”

First Event held the charity spinathon at its office in Yeadon

First Event held the charity spinathon at its office in Yeadon.

The new wheelchair will be of great help to Jack – who has outgrown his current wheelchair – and will help his family to provide him with a better quality of life.

Charlotte Jackson said: “Jack has never had a prescribed wheelchair – this would be his first one. As a family, we have purchased Jack’s chairs, all clubbing together to get him what – at the time – we thought was right. A recent assessment showed that Jack’s chair was too small for him and he needs something bigger and more suited to his needs.

“In addition to the new support and comfort for Jack, the new chair will have a motor to aid us as a family when going up hills or over difficult uneven terrain. The motor will relieve the stress on our body, especially our backs. The new chair won’t just make a massive change to Jack’s comfort, but will be a huge help to us as a family.”

Jackson added that having the local community involved means a lot to the family and will help them to get the support they need for Jack as he’s growing up.

She said: “We’re so overwhelmed that there are so many people willing to help us. It has shown us that there really are amazing people in our city, country and across the world. Jack’s new chair won’t only increase his quality of life, but the entire family’s.”

To find out more about Jack and donate to his cause, visit his fundraising page.