Uncles take on challenge in memory of toddler

Brothers Keiron (left) and Leigh Proctor
Brothers Keiron (left) and Leigh Proctor

THE UNCLES of a little boy who died after battling a mystery illness are taking on a kayaking challenge to raise money for a charity set up in his memory.

Keiron Proctor, 30, of Hemswell Cliff and brother Leigh, 28, of Market Rasen are kayaking about 12 miles form Snitterby to Brigg 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 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 that separated the right and left ventricles of his heart, 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: “Jack gave our family so much enjoyment during the time that we had with him – it would be nice to give something back and do something in his memory.

“This is the only way we can do something for him and it’s a good way of raising awareness.”

Keiron said Verity was “really happy” that he and brother Leigh were supporting her charity.

Keen kayakers Keiron and Leigh will complete the challenge on July 22, with friends Charlie Peacey from Barton and Nick De’kok from Retford.

They have already raised £500 but are still looking for sponsors. If you would like to make a donation e-mail jacks.charity@yahoo.co.uk.