A BOOK-themed bake sale is just one of the events to help Thomas Jenkinson.
Summersdale Publishers hosted the sale at Chichester library in aid of Help Tom Toddle yesterday.
‘Our colleague Maria let us know about Help Tom Toddle,” said Abi McMahon, from Summersdale.
“It’s a very worthy local cause and one I knew could make a real and tangible difference in a little boy’s life.
“Once I started looking into the fundraising efforts so far, I could see there had been a tremendous effort from the community to help out, which was very inspiring.”
Later this month, a Spring Health Morning will also help to raise funds for Tom.
The event, backed by The Tall Dog in Midhurst, is free of charge, but donations for Tom will be appreciated on the day.
The morning will feature information and talks on how to increase energy effectively, detox the body gently and exercise wisely.
Speakers on the day will be Renate Gallei, visceral manipulation and pilates, Joanne Smith, kinesiology, and Kim Lovelace, shiatsu therapy and Qigoing.
“We do not personally know Tom or his family, but want to support this important local community cause,” said Joanne.
“The health morning is designed to cover seasonal health issues, asthma, hay fever, detox info and exercise.
“We have run one of these before and it was very well received and we were asked to run it again.”
Advance bookings are not necessary, but more information is available by calling Joanne Smith on 07974 752895.
The Spring Health Morning will be held at Cowdray Hall, in Parkway, Easebourne, from 10am to midday on Monday, March 17.
So why are all these events being organised?
Thomas Jenkinson has quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
His family is trying to raise £40,000 to pay for selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery in America which would help him to move independently.
It would also ease his almost constant pain.
Tom’s family wants to raise the money by this summer because he is already five years old and the operation is thought to be more effective on younger children.
Selective dorsal rhizotomy is not available for Thomas on the NHS. It could help his dream of greater independence come true.
A non-profit group backing the Help Tom Toddle campaign is holding an awareness month in a bid to raise more funds for Tom and other children like him.
Give 4 Beth, originally founded to raise money for Bethany Chiddle’s operation, is organising events throughout March.
MARCH On – More Awareness Really Can Help – aims to raise the profile of fundraising to help children’s dreams come true.
In just over two years, the group has raised almost £50,000 to help inspirational children, and founder Rich Sherwell wants to build on this success.
Here are just some of the ways you can help spread the word:
Visit the Give 4 Beth Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Give4BETH and ask friends and colleagues to give it a ‘like’ as well.
Purchase Give 4 Beth wristbands and hoodies to let others know you are supporting Tom and the group.
Provide a temporary home for a collection pot in your shop or business.
Make the cause your own by organising an event or getting in touch with ideas.
Anyone who thinks they can help with any of the above can visit the Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to help
THERE are lots of ways you can help Tom’s dreams come true.
To donate to the fund, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/helptomtoddle and join the team.
Alternatively, text TOMS98 to 70070, donating anything from £1 to £1,000.
Cheques, made payable to Thomas Jenkinson, can be sent to Sheena Campbell, Observer office, Unicorn House, Eastgate Square, Chichester, PO19 1JN.
They can also be dropped into the Tall Dog offices at Apsley House, in Church Hill, Midhurst.
Alternatively, you can get in touch with Sheena Campbell at the Observer offices by emailing email@example.com or calling 01243 534121.
Every donation makes a difference, so please get in touch.