One mum’s dream to improve the quality of her son’s life by giving him a hydrotherapy pool has come true after ten months of fundraising netted the £34,000 it cost.
Becky Davis’ son Jake has cerebral palsy and suffers from pain in his legs. Realising that Jake’s pain was relived considerably when he was in water Becky set out to raise the cash needed to pay for a hydrotherapy pool to be built in their garden. She launched Jake’s Splash of Delight appeal, and thanks to the generosity of local businesses and residents, Becky’s hard work, determination and love for her son paid off. “The speed at which Jake and I raised the funds is testament to the generosity of Hastings people, local businesses and organisations,” she said. “Our main sponsors, Hastings Round Table, the many people who met and talked to Jake at Morrisons and put money in one of his collection tins, which were also displayed by local cafes, pubs, post offices, shops, and Azur at Marina Pavilion where Jake hosted both of his big fundraising events..the list goes on!”
The pool was designed and built by South East Pools, Bexhill, and Becky says owner Matt Shoesmith and partner, Vikki Joyce, provided everything at cost price, except for several big items that they persuaded their suppliers, SCP, to provide for free.
“We also got big discounts from Shades Tiles and Trade Paints and hands-on help and donations from our lovely friends and neighbours. Thank you Hastings for looking after my lovely son!”
James Beeching, Vice Chairman Hastings Round Table says he is delighted that Jake finally has his pool. “What struck me is how happy Jake is and how extremely grateful Jake and his family are to the community for their support. Hastings Round Table are honoured to have worked alongside Becky over the past ten months. It is an absolutely phenomenal achievement in such a short space of time; a mixture of Becky’s relentless fundraising and drive to succeed, and the community falling in love with Jake and his campaign. Jake never shied away from his fundraising duties, and has become a local celebrity in doing so!”
Jake said fundraising had been fun and splashing in his own hydrotherapy pool, he said: “I love it; it helps my legs.”