Round Table rallies around Jake, raising £4k for his appeal

Jake Davis, centre with his mum, Becky, and stepfather. Picture by Jon Firth Photography

Jake Davis, centre with his mum, Becky, and stepfather. Picture by Jon Firth Photography

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Thousands of pounds have been raised by members of Hastings Round Table to help the family of a disabled man.

Last December Jake Davis’ mum, Becky, set up a campaign to raise funds for a hydrotherapy room to help free her 23-year-old son from his wheelchair and relieve his pain from cerebral palsy.

It was an unforgettably magical evening for us in which Hastings Round Table made us honoured guests and showcased Jake’s appeal to so many warm and generous people

Becky Davis

Since the appeal’s launch last year the community has got together, raising money for him.

The Round Table’s (RT) recent 85th Charter celebrations saw £4,000 collected for Jake’s Splash of Delight.

Dave Thomas, chairman of RT No. 21, said: “Thanks to all the past and present members, local businesses, friends and family who got behind us, a combination of ticket proceeds, the raffle and an auction of promises means we are able to donate a staggering £4,000 to Jake’s Splash of Delight.”

Jake’s mum said the family needs to convert the garage to a hydrotherapy room with a small pool or swim spa equipped for Jake’s use.

Fundraising for the hydrotherapy room is estimated to cost £26,000.

Becky said: “It was an unforgettably magical evening for us in which Hastings Round Table made us honoured guests and showcased Jake’s appeal to so many warm and generous people.

“Not only that, all their hard work fundraised an incredible £4,000 for Jake on the night, taking his appeal a giant leap forwards.

“I know that Hastings Round Table wants my son to be lifted out of the confines of his wheelchair and into the pain-relieving water of his home hydrotherapy pool every bit as much as I do and I can’t thank them enough for all their support.”

The recent Elvis All Day Spectacular, held at Azur, Marina Pavilion in January, was also hailed a success raising £1,739.12 for Jake’s Splash of Delight.

Members of Hastings Round Table are now preparing to turn out in force to run the forthcoming Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday, March 22, to raise further awareness for Jake’s appeal and hopefully collect some additional funds by pulling round the gruelling course the now infamous ‘Ronda’, the beer barrel horse.