A fabulous fundraising evening at The Brunswick pub in Crankhall Lane, Wednesbury, last Friday (February 7) has raised more than £400 to help fund a specialist bed for a local disabled boy.
The event – organised by the parents of Walsall five-year-old Kenzy Jones, who needs the bed to keep him safe at night – raised £402.01p. The evening’s entertainment featured drag artist Anett Curtain, prize bingo and karaoke.
Parents Kyla and Kiy Jones said: “We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone at The Brunswick, particularly Vicky, for helping us stage the fundraiser, to local organisations including Clearance Bargains which donated raffle prizes and to all those people who supported the event and helped make it a great night.”
All proceeds will go to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children which is looking to provide a £5,939 Safespace for Kenzy, who has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Kenzy currently sleeps in a standard cot but has no awareness of danger and injures himself on the sides, which he also climbs over – causing disruption in the bedroom he shares with his older brother who has Cerebral Palsy.
Kyla Jones said: “Kenzy will not stay put in a normal cot or bed so one of us has to stay with him each evening until he gets to sleep so we know he is safe and not disturbing his brother. That usually takes three to four hours.”
The family have been told that, although a specialist Safespace would help keep Kenzy safe at night, there is no statutory funding available. So Kyla and Kiy turned to Cannock-based national children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation for help.
Kiy added: “This was our first fundraising event and we really enjoyed it. We are now looking forward to our next fundraising venture to raise more money for Newlife Foundation as they do such a lot to help local children.”
Newlife has funded £867,647 of specialist equipment for disabled and terminally ill children in the West Midlands since 2005. However, a recent surge in demand for services has prompted Newlife to call for ‘local heroes’ to come forward to fundraise or donate towards the cost of specialist equipment for children in their county. The Brunswick answered Newlife’s call to action.
If you would like to donate towards the cost of Kenzy’s bed go to: www.justgiving.com/Kenzy-Jones. Any money raised surplus to Kenzy’s requirements will be used to fund equipment for other children in the West Midlands.
Pictured: Kenzy Jones and his sister Kaidi-Leigh