Mother’s joy as donations for James reach £5,000

APPEAL PROGRESS: Octavia Goodge with her son James.
APPEAL PROGRESS: Octavia Goodge with her son James.
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A £10,000 appeal to help improve the life of a disabled three-year-old from Acton has reached the halfway mark.

Octavia Goodge and her husband Tony, from Howe Way, are attempting to raise the money to build a downstairs bedroom and wetroom for their son James, who has cerebral palsy.

It is hoped the work will make life easier for the youngster, who has problems with his mobility and development.

The Free Press joined the fundraising cause in the summer and recent donations and events have now taken the appeal to £5,000.

“This shows we are starting to get there and the small donations quickly add up,” said Mrs Goodge.

“We have not had many fundraisers of late as Christmas is coming and we know money is tight for everyone, so this is a boost.”

A series of cheques for James, who uses a wheelchair or walking frame to get around, have been handed into the Free Press, and Easterns Station Lounge in Sudbury raised £100 with a collection tin.

Honey B cafe has also promised one third of its takings from a Christmas raffle.

Mrs Goodge said the family was hoping to learn soon exactly how much the building work will cost.

“It has gone out to tender and we should know the costs by the end of the week,” she said.

“We were originally told £10,000, but it could be higher or lower.”

Despite his difficulties, James, who goes to Hillside Special School in Sudbury, is busy looking forward to Christmas.

“He has been having a few silent seizures, which cause him to blackout” said Mrs Goodge. “But he is still smiling and is really starting to get in the Christmas spirit.”