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Giving back to help little Jayla
4:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
HIS little niece Jayla was forced to have heart surgery at only 12 weeks old.
Now one year on, Jayla has a new lease of life and her uncle, Jack Probert, wants to give back to the charity which saved her life.
The 22-year-old from Grappenhall said: “Jayla has come so far since the surgery so we would like to raise at least £10,000 for Great Ormond Street.”
Jayla, aged 13 months, spent the first weeks of her life in intensive care after she was born with a hole in her heart and then spent many weeks after that at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Jayla’s grandma, Julie Probert, said it was an ‘anxious time’ for all the family when Jayla was born.
Julie said: “At the 12 week pregnancy scan, they found out the she had Down Syndrome so we always knew that there would be complications.
“But when she had the operation, it was a scary time but now she is doing well.
“We know there may be further operations down the line but we are just so thankful to Great Ormond Street for everything they have done.”
Great Ormond Street, who treat sick children from around the world, need £50m per year to continue the great work that they already do.
Team Jayla are hoping to raise a small chunk of that this year through a number of fundraisers.
Jayla’s uncle Jack said: “I hadn’t cycled since I was a child so we decided to do something which would challenge us.
“Alex, Jayla’s dad, and I decided to do the RideLondon100. We both did it but we were both pretty achy afterwards.”
The 100 mile ride travels along a modified version of the London 2012 road race route and, despite the aches and pains afterwards, both men thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Now they are just faced with the challenge of reaching their £10,000 goal.
Jack said: “We want to smash the total so we just need lots of people to support us by donating whatever they can.”
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