Pedal power to aid Braiden

Shannon Jones, 14, from Lower Ince, front centre, with her family
Shannon Jones, 14, from Lower Ince, front centre, with her family
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A TEENAGER is cycling from her home in Ince to Southport to help three-year-old Braiden Prescott who has a rare life-threatening cancer.

But not only is Shannon Jones undertaking the solo bike ride on November 27, she has inspired her whole family to become involved.

Her brother-in-law, Robert Wood, is organising a fun day at Holy Family Church’s parish hall, in Platt Bridge, with the help of her sisters Natalie Jones, 12, Kelly Baldwin, 21, (Robert’s partner) and mum, Donna Jones, 40.

And even her five year-old niece, Mckenzie, is trying to drum up support by telling everyone about the Braiden-Lee Prescott Appeal.

Braiden is battling neuroblastoma and needs specialist treatment in America.

Shannon, a Rose Bridge High School pupil, said: “Braiden needs money to get treatment to survive, so I really wanted to help.

“He is only three and has not yet had a life. Even his little brother is busy collecting money for him.

“The journey will take more than two hours and is about 27 miles but I think I will be alright. I have stop and have a rest and then carry on.

“I have had a lot of support from my friends and teachers at school and I have already raised £100 so if I can get more sponsors I could raise almost £200.”

Robert, 26, of Abram, added: “Cancer is very close to all our hearts, as I lost my aunt, Marie Corpp, 58, in July, to lung cancer, which had spread.

“Her twin sister, my mum, Marina Wood, is now in remission and my uncle has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

“I am very proud of Shannon wanting to help the appeal.”

The fun day, which will include fairground rides, a bouncy castle, auction and a tombola, will be held at Holy Family Church, in Platt Bridge, on Saturday, November 17, from 1pm until 4pm and entry is 50p.

Braiden, of Leigh, is currently supported by The Neuroblastoma Alliance UK, but needs to raise £250,000 for life-saving treatment, which is scheduled for December, in America.

Anyone wishing to help Braiden and his family can donate to the fund-raising appeal online, at www.justgiving.com/braiden-lee, or donate by text message by texting BRLE99 and an amount, for example £1, £2 £3 £4 £5 or £10 to 70070.