Search for children’s character costumes in aid of Hevingham toddler Jay Goodman battling brain tumour

Two-year-old Jay Goodman of Hevingham, who is going through treatment at Addenbrookes Hospital for a

Two-year-old Jay Goodman of Hevingham, who is going through treatment at Addenbrookes Hospital for a brain tumour. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The family of a brave Hevingham toddler battling an aggressive brain tumour are looking for costumes of his favourite television characters to dress up in on a celebration day.

Two-year-old Jay Goodman of Hevingham, who is going through treatment at Addenbrookes Hospital for a

Two-year-old Jay Goodman of Hevingham, who is going through treatment at Addenbrookes Hospital for a brain tumour, pictured with his mum Karen, dad Mark, brothers, Josh, 13, 2nd left; Reece, 10, right; George, seven; and sister Maddie, five. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Jay Goodman, two, was diagnosed with the tumour in March last year, when he was just 16 months old.

The heartbreaking news was a bitter blow to parents Mark and Karen and their four other children - Joshua, 12, Reece, nine, George, six, and Maddie, four.

While throwing all of their energy into supporting the little fighter's year-long battle to survive, Mr and Mrs Goodman are juggling work and the everyday reality of family life: school runs, shopping and more. But help and support has come from an old-fashioned source - the local community.

People in their home village of Hevingham have already raised more than £3,000 to help keep Jay fighting through gruelling chemotherapy.


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And now on April 30 a Star Day will be held to mark the end of Jay's current round of chemotherapy, as well as raising funds for charities which have supported the family over the last year.

It will be held at Buxton Scout HQ, from 11am to 2pm.

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Jenny Burrell, Jay's godmother who has been co-ordinating the fundraising for the family, said: 'The day will include stalls, raffles, tombolas, face painting, games, refreshments, an auction and lots, lots more. The three charities that we will be supporting are Clowns in the Sky - a small charity dedicated to supporting children and their families through brain tumour diagnosis and treatment.

'Also Cancer Research and Jay's Journey - this is the fund that is helping to support Jay and his family, offering financial security for hospital visits, equipment for home and comfort for the family. It has also supplied equipment to the sick children's trust and Addenbrookes.'

But Ms Burrell said what they are now searching for is two large character costumes, which people can dress up in on the day.

'Two people have come forward to say they would be happy to dress up for the day for me and I think it's a waste not to find some costumes for them,' she said.

'Jay loves Macca Pacca and Swashbuckle from Cbeebies so ideally we were looking for them but any big children's character costumes would be great.'

Anyone able to help can get in touch with Ms Burrell on jen.jcb@hotmail.com

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