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Brave youngster is given a holiday

Young muscular dystrophy sufferer Jacob Gratton is being treated to a well-deserved holiday thanks to a charity appeal.

The brave nine-year-old, who has been left wheelchair-bound by his illness and could only live until he is 20, is going on a family holiday to Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest thanks to the 12 Days of Christmas Appeal.

The appeal, by Sheffield charity Help A Child Have A Chance and local newspaper The Star, ran a campaign offering needy youngsters across the region the chance of receiving a share of £10,000.

Jacob, from Edenthorpe, Doncaster, was chosen to receive £1,000 of the money after being nominated by his mum Lisa.

She said she the holiday would provide an important break for Jacob and his older brother Sam.

She added: “This will give us something to look forward to, providing an escape for a little while.

“Jacob will benefit immensely from the fresh air and activities they offer and Sam will also benefit from having some valuable time focused on him too.

“Due to the nature of the condition, Jacob’s life will only get harder.

“Jacob is such a happy and positive little man. We are all too aware that we need to enjoy every day we have together.”

Jacob’s muscle wasting condition is called Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, a progressive illness that will eventually leave him totally dependent on others.

His mum said she hoped the holiday would give the whole family a chance to make some precious memories together.


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