More support for tot Aidan

Aidan Jackowiak Smith with his parents Vikki Jackowiak and Karl Smith.
Aidan Jackowiak Smith with his parents Vikki Jackowiak and Karl Smith.

The touching tale of a brave tot with a rare medical condition continues to capture the hearts of Gazette readers, as more goodwill gestures have been donated to his family.

Aidan Jackowiak Smith, three, has Cloves Syndrome – which affects around 130 people worldwide – suffering swelling to his face and body.

The Gazette, in conjunction with Alnwick-based MKM Building Supplies, is currently running the Aid For Aidan appeal to transform the family’s new Alnwick home into a suitable living space for the youngster.

Massive progress has been made to the inside and outside of the property, with residents and businesses offering their services.

Kind-hearted people have also donated cash to the family, not only for the DIY SOS-themed project, but to help his parents Vikki and Karl pay for costly and regular hospital trips.

Now, Whitehouse Farm Centre, near to Stannington, has come forward to give the family an annual pass to the attraction, worth just under £200.

The family-run business decided to make the gesture after reading about the Aid For Aidan appeal via the Gazette’s Twitter feed.

Sally Slater, from the farm, said: “We do a lot to support charities and good causes and we wanted to do something for Aidan.

“We hope Aidan and his family enjoy what we have to offer at the farm, especially seeing our baby marmoset monkey.”

In a further boost, the 1st Newton on the Moor Brownies raised £207 for the cause at a recent coffee morning.

Brownie leader Sandi Clark, on behalf of the unit, said: “We would like to thank everyone who supported the event. We hope that the money raised helps the family give Aidan the new home he needs.”

Last week, we reported that Amina Begum, of Alnwick’s Mivesi restaurant, was appealing for traders to join in with an Advent Calendar Auction in December to raise cash for the family. Call her on 01665 606947 for more details.