£10k appeal gathers pace as businesses offer help

HELP IS COMING: Octavia Goodge with her son James, who has cerebral palsy.
HELP IS COMING: Octavia Goodge with her son James, who has cerebral palsy.

Sudbury businesses have answered a couple’s call for help as they aim to raise £10,000 to make their son’s life easier.

Three-year-old James Goodge was born with cerebral palsy and parents Anthony and Octavia need to raise the money to help pay for the building of a downstairs bedroom and wet room for him at their home in Howe Way, Acton.

Mrs Goodge said plans were in place for numerous fundraising events after businesses came forward to support the family.

“It has all been very positive. We know that money is tight and people don’t have it laying around, but people are enjoying themselves and still helping us – we want our events to be fun,” she said.

“Tesco in Sudbury contacted me and it wants to do a full fundraising day for James on Saturday, September 7.”

Full details are yet to be decided but ideas include a car wash and fancy dress day.

Mrs Goodge also reserved special praise for Easterns Station Lounge nightclub in Sudbury.

“Easterns has taken a couple of our collection tins and said we can use it as a venue any time we want free of charge – it has been very kind,” she said.

The family’s website – www.jamesgoodgeproject.co.uk – has sold 100 bricks in exchange for donations so far.

“We have had people from Kent and Manchester buying bricks, word has been spreading,” said Mrs Goodge.

So far, the family has raised around £1,600 and expects to hear from Babergh District Council this week whether an application for planning permission for the eight-week project has been successful.

“The total is really good for such a short space of time,” said Mrs Goodge.

Grants worth around £30,000 have been secured but around £10,000 still needs to be raised.