The residents of a Banbury street pulled out all the stops at the weekend to help a disabled boy and his family.
The Banbury Guardian first wrote about four-year-old Jack Zammett of Queens Road, who is due to have extensive brain surgery, last week as neighbours were preparing to raise funds for him at their second annual winter market.
The market took place on Sunday and pride of place was Jack’s very own fundraising stall ‘The House Jack Built’ which, alongside other stalls, raised more than £800 on the day.
Jack’s mum Rebekah Zammett was overwhelmed with the support from both neighbours and others. She said: “Everybody has been so generous and since the article we’ve had a couple of hundred pounds worth of donations on our JustGiving page from people we don’t even know.
“On Sunday, one man who popped by said he didn’t want to buy anything but asked if he could put £50 in the pot on Jack’s stall.”
When Jack was born a large blood clot had formed in the umbilical cord and travelled through his body to his brain.
This, along with a difficult delivery, led to him having an extensive stroke, resulting in a huge number of serious health complications such as visual impairment, cerebral palsy and behavioural problems.
Jack has also never gone a day in his life without having an epileptic seizure. He currently experiences approximately 20 epileptic seizures each day and night. He has also just been diagnosed with Electrical Status Epilepticus of Sleep (ESES) which means his brain remains in an epileptic state the whole time he is asleep.
Jack is a candidate for rare and invasive brain surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London in the new year.
Although the procedure is paid for by the NHS, the family has to pay for all the trips to London as well as specialist equipment Jack will need before and after the operation.
On Tuesday, a Christmas quiz and a raffle was held for Jack at Pinto Lounge which raised a total of £625.
Together with Sunday’s takings the total is enough to pay for a specialist wheelchair which costs £1,400.
“It’s just incredible that we’ve been able to raise enough money in less than a week’s time,” said Mrs Zammett.
To read more about Jack’s story and to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/jackzammett