Autistic teenager jumps for joy over trampoline present|
CHESTER, UK: An autistic teenager is jumping for joy thanks to a Chester charity which teamed up with two football stars to promote a fundraising challenge.
Last week, Ben Leake, 14, from Penyffordd, rubbed shoulders with Liverpool legend Alan Kennedy and former Manchester United star Lee Martin, to appeal for volunteers for Christleton-based Children Today, which provides life-transforming equipment for children with disabilities.
Ben's mum, Jill, knew how much of a difference a trampoline would make to her autistic son's life, but as a single parent studying for a degree, she could ill afford the £300 needed to make it happen.
She said; "I cannot thank Children Today enough for giving us the grant for the trampoline - they are fantastic."
Alan Kennedy is now looking to recruit six intrepid explorers from the area to join his team in the PFA Borneo Challenge.
Commenting on the trip, he said: "I can guarantee anyone taking part in the Challenge will enjoy an incredible experience."
The Challenge is between June 22 and July 1 next year and is open to anyone over 18.
For further information about the PFA Borneo Challenge, call 01244 335 622 or visit www.children-today.org.uk
(Source: Chester Chronicle, October 13, 2006)