More help needed to improve James’ life

RENEWED PLEA: Octavia Goodge and her son James, 3, who has cerebral palsy.
RENEWED PLEA: Octavia Goodge and her son James, 3, who has cerebral palsy.
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An Acton couple seeking to raise £10,000 to help their disabled son are hoping for extra help and ideas.

James Goodge, three, was born with cerebral palsy and has problems with his development and mobility. Mum Octavia and dad Tony are fundraising to build a downstairs bedroom and washroom for James.

The couple received planning permission for the work to their home in Howe Way last week and are keen to hold even more events to help pay for the project.

“I am positive. It is slow going and we appreciate that people don’t have spare money,” said Mrs Goodge. “We are so grateful for all the help we’ve received so far.”

Around 70 people have bought a brick for £1 on www.jamesgoodgeproject.co.uk, while a car wash and charity day at Tesco raised £160 to take the total to £3,000 so far.

An evening of clairvoyancy with Fiona Nicholls will be held at Easterns Station Lounge on Wednesday, October 30, from 6.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50, with proceeds going to the appeal, and are available in advance from the nightclub and on the door. Plans are also being made for a Christmas craft fair at Acton Village Hall.

Donations can be made to the Suffolk Free Press Appeal Fund at Lloyds bank: sort code 30-98-31, account number 01159754.

Anyone with fundraising ideas can call the Free Press on 01787 375271 or the Goodge family on 01787 580126.