Paddling along to raise £800 for JACKS

From left: Keiron, Charlie, Leigh and Nick
From left: Keiron, Charlie, Leigh and Nick

A GROUP of kayakers have raised an impressive £800 for a charity set up in memory of a little boy who died of a mystery illness.

Keiron Proctor, 30, of Hemswell Cliff, and brother Leigh, 28, of Market Rasen – together with their friends Charlie Peacey from Barton and Nick De’koch from Retford - kayaked about 12 miles from Snitterby to Brigg.

They organised the event to raise money for JACKS (Jack About Carers Kids Support) – a charity raising money for a Lincolnshire-based retreat for sick children and their carers.

The charity was set up by Keiron and Leigh’s sister Verity Proctor – who grew up in Market Rasen and now lives in Boston – after her two-year-old son Jack Huskisson died of a mystery illness.

Jack’s condition left him with an enlarged liver and spleen, a hole in the wall of his heart that separated the right and left ventricles, visual problems, development delays, abnormally low muscle tone and no reflexes – but not even Britain’s top specialists could work out what was making him ill.

Keiron said: “It went really well but it was hard work. It ended up taking us two hours – we were really really surprised at how quickly we did it.”

If you would like to make a donation e-mail jacks.charity@yahoo.co.uk.