2018 Premier Cup Final Raffle
All season, we've been raising money for Jace Webberley, a keen Somerset footballer with Cerebral Palsy.
At 18 months of age he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Due to his disability, Jace cannot stand or walk unaided and as his leg muscles are stiff which causes him pain. There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy; the medication and Botox which are offered only help for a short amount of time due to their effectiveness decreasing.
Jace’s family have been told that he is elligible for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, which involves severing a proportion of the nerves in the spine which have the most spasticity (which causes his muscles to be stiff). After a couple years of physiotherapy to re-train and strengthen his muscles back up, Jace will be able to walk and stand unaided, preventing him from becoming wheelchair-bound in the future.
Despite its amazing success rate, this operation is not available through the NHS and including compulsory aftercare, the family must raise £40,000 for Jace to be able to have this surgery.
Jace’s family are aiming to raise these funds within two years, because as Jace gets older he would require multiple surgeries (such as orthopedic lengthening) which can be avoided by having the SDR operation as soon as possible.