Young Jake raises £700 for hospice

Jake Simmons with friends and family
Jake Simmons with friends and family

A KIND-HEARTED ten-year-old has raised £700 for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice which supports his severely disabled brother and sister.

Young Jake Simmons, who attends St Bede’s School on Duke’s Drive, cycled from the Sovereign Centre up to Holywell and back to raise the cash.

The sun shone as Jake took to the saddle for the five-mile ride with his dad Marc. His friends and family, including eight-year-old brother Adam and three-year-old sister Emily, were at the start line to wave him off for the fundraising challenge.

Both Emily and Adam have an undiagnosed condition which means they are deaf, blind and suffer from epilepsy and distonia.

The two little ones are also unable to walk or speak as a result of their debilitating condition.

Mum Kathy Simmons said, “Chestnut Tree House provides us with some respite and means we can spend time alone with Jake while his brother and sister are cared for.”

Kathy took part in the midnight walk across Eastbourne for Chestnut Tree House recently, raising £450, which gave Jake inspiration to arrange his own fundraiser.

Kathy said, “It was all his idea to do the bike ride and when he told us we thought it was really sweet.

“Both me and his dad are extremely proud of him. He arranged it all himself and he wanted to do it for his brother and sister and others like them.

“Having a disabled brother and sister does affect him and can sometimes be difficult.”

The money was raised through sponsorship from Jake’s friends, family and his school.