Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 3°C

Search

Sir Bobby Robson Auction gets Ipswich three-year-old George Woodward a new wheelchair

PUBLISHED: 14:40 30 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:35 30 November 2015

George Woodward, three, with his mum Laura Barber, dad Lee Woodward and little sister Ivy, is receiving funds for a new wheelchair.

George Woodward, three, with his mum Laura Barber, dad Lee Woodward and little sister Ivy, is receiving funds for a new wheelchair.

One young boy’s family are celebrating today after the Sir Bobby Robson online auction raised enough money to buy him a new power wheelchair.

The two-week auction came to a close last night and brought in more than £170,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the League Managers’ Association Charity, the GeeWizz charitable foundation and West Suffolk Hospital Charity.

Three-year-old George Woodward from Ipswich, who lives with a rare and incurable condition, was chosen as one of the beneficiaries by the GeeWizz charitable foundation, set up by auction founder and Suffolk-based Gina Long.

At 21 months old, George was diagnosed with Type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that affects the spinal cord, causes muscle weakness and leads to severe disability.

George’s mother, Laura Barber, of Lagonda Drive, said the new wheelchair would allow George to be more independent.

“It’s going to make a massive difference not just to him but to the whole family,” Miss Barber said. “It’s going to allow him to do things that other three-year-old’s can do and join in with his sister and other children as well as little things like touching the floor on his own and getting things off the shelf.”

Miss Barber said she had been touched by the personal messages of support and donations she had received from people since the launch of the auction.

“It’s amazing to see your son pictured alongside Bobby Robson, an icon,” added Miss Barber, who also has a 22-month-old daughter, Ivy. “We are so happy, we can’t believe it.”

Miss Barber, who lives with George and Ivy’s father, Lee Woodward, said she hoped the auction would raise awareness of the family’s ongoing fundraising campaign to help provide George with everything he needs in the future.

To find out more and to donate, visit: georgewoodwardfund.weebly.com

Worried neighbours in an Ipswich street claim brazen drug dealing is taking place in front of children returning home from school.

There is good news for bargain hunters in Stowmarket as a discount store bids to make a return to the town.

A 17-year-old youth accused of being involved in a fight in the car park of an Ipswich McDonald’s restaurant during which a 16-year-old boy was stabbed has admitted an offence of violent disorder.

Police are looking to speak to a man in connection with incidents of stalking in the Norwich Road area of Ipswich.

Families on the Ravenswood estate have spoken of their disappointment after it was announced Rudolph and Santa won’t be passing through their streets this year.

Ipswich singer/songwriter Richard Osborne - who records under his surname - Osborne, has a worldwide hit on his hands with his debut dance single.

MP Dr Dan Poulter has demanded that Mid Suffolk Council takes action to ensure there is no development on land at Brockford in his constituency without planning permission.

Strictly Come Dancing attracts millions of viewers every Saturday evening to the BBC and the show has breathed new life into what has been a popular pastime in Ipswich for decades.

A three vehicle crash on the A12 at Saxmundham caused traffic hold ups at lunchtime today.

David Button will lead by example as he joins more than 400 fundraisers to brave the wintry weather on Christmas morning and run into the sea at Felixstowe.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24