Fundraiser planned in West Lynn in aid of four-year-old terminal cancer sufferer Jac Coffey

Jac at home with mum Kayleigh, dad Jay and younger brother Leo, after finishing his treatment. Pictu

Jac at home with mum Kayleigh, dad Jay and younger brother Leo, after finishing his treatment. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Police and paramedics will go head-to-head in a fundraising football match for the family of a four-year-old boy with terminal cancer.

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Organised by West Lynn-based company Hodgson Fitness, the charity event hopes to raise vital funds for little Jac Coffey.

The money will help Jac and his family, from King's Lynn, enjoy the time they have left together, after they were left devastated with the news Jac's cancer has returned and is terminal.

Supported by West Norfolk council, the charity event is due to take place on June 10 and is promised to be a day filled with family-friendly activities.

There will be a sponsored 5km walk around West Lynn, starting at West Lynn Social Club in St Peter's Road at 1pm, which organiser and owner of Hodgson Fitness, Anna Hodgson, said will be accessible for all the family and the disabled.

Jac Coffey: Pictures submitted

Jac Coffey: Pictures submitted - Credit: Archant


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Mrs Hodgson said: 'My husband has been in remission for quite some time so I understand what it's like to go through cancer, and I have twin boys the same age as Jac.

'Two years ago, Jac pulled my heartstrings and I helped in raising money for him and his family to go to America.

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'When I heard about his cancer coming back, I instantly felt I want to raise money for Jac and his family, just for whatever they need - memorable days out and holidays.

'I have to say a huge thank you to Nathan Johnson at the borough council, without the support of the council this event would not be happening. As a community I want us to all support the Coffey family.'

Owner of Hodgson Fitness, Anna Hodgson, is organising a fundraiser in West Lynn for Jac Coffey. Pict

Owner of Hodgson Fitness, Anna Hodgson, is organising a fundraiser in West Lynn for Jac Coffey. Picture: Anna Hodgson - Credit: Anna Hodgson

Jac's mum, Kayleigh Coffey, said: 'I wasn't expecting everyone to come together like they have. Jac has touched so many people's heart, I think it's amazing.

'Anna has done a fantastic job in organising this, the whole family will be there.'

The pay-to-play police and ambulance football match will kick off at 2pm on the sports pitch. A police spokesman said: 'Sons and daughters of both sides will play so it really is a friendly game.'

For those not wanting to join the 5km walk or friendly match, there will be plenty of things to do in the social club from 12.30pm, including bouncy castles, assault course, slides, face painting, hot food and a raffle.

Top raffle prizes include a £1,000 bed donated by Andersons Dreams and Themes and a brand new 48' Smart 4K HD TV donated by Walpole St Andrew salon Nexgen Nails GB.

Owner of Nexgen Nails, Craig Renforth, said he wanted to do all he can to help, adding: 'I've known Jac's nan for a long time, I wish I could do more to help.'

Jac Coffey was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in 2015 and went into remission last summer. But in May doctors have told parents Kayleigh and Jay Coffey, from Gaywood, King's Lynn, that the cancer is back and they were uncertain how long he has left.

Jac's parents are now trying to raise money to enjoy what remains of his childhood with his 18-month-old brother Leo.

Entry fee for the walk is £5 per person, which can be paid through Paypal to anna@hodgson-fitness.com. For more information and sponsor forms, contact Anna Hodgson on 07795325594, or visit the charity event Facebook page.

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