Help to make a difference in Jack’s life

08 Jun Help to make a difference in Jack’s life

A LITTLE disabled boy is hoping The Chronicle Sunshine Fund’s June Go Bananas appeal will lend him a helping hand.

The appeal, which aims to raise £50,000 through a series of money-making events, collections and community projects, is aiming to help Jack Gilbert-Ovens and his family.

The seven-year-old, who was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy, relies on his parents, Nikita and Rob, to do everything for him.

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Now efforts are under way to secure some specialised sensory equipment for Jack which will help focus him and improve his sleeping patterns, boosting his everyday life.

In 2013 Rob and Nikita, who also have a son Ryan, four, were also previously nominated for Chronicle Champions Award for their devotion to Jack.

Friend Ashleigh McDonald said: “Nikita and Rob do a fantastic job in looking after their children. Jack can’t do anything for himself but you never hear them moan or ask for help.

“They are brilliant parents and, despite everything they have to go through, they are always there for everybody else.

“The pair are very young and Jack was their first baby and they’ve had it tough, but they’ve come out of it stronger.”

Following Jack’s diagnosis, Nikita, 28, of Walker, Newcastle, had son Ryan, and Rob, 29, was forced to give up work to help care for the children.

Jack needs care in all aspects of his life, including eating, drinking and dressing.

But the family have found that soothing lighting and music helps the youngster, who uses a wheelchair, to relax.

Jack was last year honoured with a Star award from the Children’s Foundation.

This year’s Go Bananas appeal, which will directly support 10 needy children and The Percy Hedley Foundation charity, has also been backed by Geordie TV hosts and Sunshine Fund patrons Ant and Dec.

To donate to Go Bananas, visit, text GBSF55 £3 to 70070, or deliver donations to The Chronicle’s office reception in Groat Market, Newcastle.

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