Family ready for final fundraising push for James

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The family of Acton toddler James Goodge are gearing up for a fundraising push which will take them closer to their £10,000 target.

Octavia and Tony Goodge, from Howe Way, want to raise the money to build a downstairs bedroom and wetroom for their three-year-old son, who has cerebral palsy.

Earlier this month, the family, which also includes James’ siblings Patrick, seven, Abigail, six, and Rebecca, one, were told the work would cost around £40,000, with architects fees included. They have already received a grant of £30,000.

“We are going to get Christmas out of the way and then have some big fundraising events in the new year,” said Mrs Goodge.

“Then we can really push on and raise awareness of James’ condition.”

James, who attends Hillside Special School in Sudbury, uses a wheelchair or walking frame to get around due to mobility difficulties.

So far, more than £5,000 has been raised for the appeal, which the Free Press joined in the summer, and recent donations included £30 raised by customers at Great Waldingfield Post Office.

“It is lovely that donations are still coming in,” said Mrs Goodge.

“Work is due to start at the end of January and take 15 weeks, so we still have time.”

Call the Free Press on 01787 375271 with any fundraising ideas.