‘We can do this for James’

DOING WELL: James Goodge, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
DOING WELL: James Goodge, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Work to convert an Acton home to better suit the growing needs of a four-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is due to begin.

James Goodge, who lives with his parents Anthony and Octavia in Howe Way, struggles with mobility due to his condition and often uses a walking frame to get around.

For nearly a year, the couple have been exploring ways to create a downstairs bedroom and wetroom for James, and the project to set to get started this weekend.

“We are planning to begin breaking ground and are very excited to get the project started, although we still have a long way to go,” said Mrs Goodge.

“Having a bedroom downstairs will help James a lot, as he is getting too heavy to lift upstairs.”

The family had secured a £30,000 grant from Babergh District Council for part of the work but this fell through after Mr Goodge, his sister and a family friend – who all own the house – failed to agree on the terms of the agreement with the council.

They have now scaled down the plans in order to fund it themselves. A dividing wall will be built in the living room to make space for James’ room, while a smaller extension will house his wetroom and toilet.

“As we do not have the grant, we have looked to bring down costs,” said Mrs Goodge.

“Anthony will be doing a lot of the work himself and we will getting help from wherever we can.”

The Free Press has been supporting the fundraising effort, with donations from readers helping the couple to reach their initial £10,000 target.