Family fun day raises thousands for brave Jaymen following cancer diagnosis
PUBLISHED: 11:08 10 March 2019 | UPDATED: 14:30 10 March 2019
A community turned out in their masses to raise thousands for the family of a one-year-old boy recently diagnosed with cancer.
Jaymen Woolston’s parents, Jordan and Louise, were recently told their son had neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer giving him a survival chance of less than 40pc.
He faces a gruelling programme of chemotherapy and numerous trips to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with his family by his side.
But in the midst of Jaymen’s battle against devastating illness, his friends, family and even complete strangers came together yesterday to raise as much money as possible at Oulton Village Community Centre.
The fun day was organised by Rachael Walker, Natalie Harvey and a group of long-time friends of the Woolston family who were desperate to help.
“The day was absolutely amazing, we have done so well,” said Natalie Harvey, one of the organisers. “I am just overwhelmed by the number of people who turned up.
“Jordan is my family’s best friend and has had to take time off work to take care of his son. He came round our house about a month ago saying he may have to sell his house to fund everything.
“We just couldn’t bear to see Jordan lose everything and that’s the main reason we decided to hold the fun day.”
Jaymen had been enjoying life just like any fun-loving toddler, but when he suddenly fell ill Mrs Woolston knew something wasn’t right.
Her concerns led to the discovery of a 9cm by 8cm tumour on Jaymen’s stomach and the cancer has spread to his leg, chest and kidney.
The family have, however, been greeted with good-will at every turn ever since. More than £6,500 has so far been donated via an online fundraiser, and now more than £3,000 can be added to the total courtesy of Saturday’s event.
The money will cover the cost of daily trips between Lowestoft and Addenbrooke’s, as well as potentially fund a dream trip to Disneyland for Jaymen.
“The communiy of Lowestoft has been absolutely fantastic,” added Mrs Woolston. “We always come together to support each other when people need it most and this is proof of that.”
Mr Woolston added: “There was an incredible turnout and everyone helped to raise a lot of money. We’re completely overwhelmed.”
Mr and Mrs Woolston would like to thank all those who organised and contributed to the fun day, as well as everyone who has donated so far.