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Sudbury mum who had leg amputated conquers sponsored walk in support of son's school


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Jennifer Verhaest has dedicated a sponsored walk to Woodhall Primary School in Sudbury who have supported her following a car accident, resulting in her having her leg amputated. (3330290)
Jennifer Verhaest has dedicated a sponsored walk to Woodhall Primary School in Sudbury who have supported her following a car accident, resulting in her having her leg amputated. (3330290)

A brave mother from Sudbury, who had her leg amputated following a serious car accident, has triumphed over her disability by completing a sponsored walk.

Jennifer Verhaest made the difficult decision to have her leg removed after suffering chronic pain.

The 29-year-old is undergoing physiotherapy after having a prosthetic leg fitted.

She has since dedicated a sponsored walk to Woodhall Primary School – where her son, Charlie, is a pupil – to thank the staff and pupils for their kindness following the accident.

“We are really grateful for the support we have had as a family from the school and this is my way of giving something back,” said Ms Verhaest, who raised £200.

“It was fantastic. I managed to lap the big square of the playground a lot faster than I imagined.

“The whole school came out to cheer and pupils in Year 3 made flags to wave for me. It was amazing, and the children made my day.”

Deputy headteacher Helen Arbon praised Mr Verhaest’s kind gesture.

“To think of the school in this way is both humbling and deeply touching,” she said.



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