Money continues to flood in for brave two-year-old boy

Alnwick Lions trip to the Farne Islands
Alnwick Lions trip to the Farne Islands

A boat trip to a 19th-century landmark, a sponsored waxing and a toddle around Hulne Park – fund-raising efforts continue in earnest for a courageous two-year-old.

More than £8,000 has now been raised for Shilbottle tot Aidan Jackowiak Smith, whose condition is so rare and complex there is no specific diagnosis.

The youngster was born with swelling to his face, neck and ear, had one foot larger than the other and developed swelling on his back.

Since the Gazette published Aidan’s story at the start of May, the community has rallied round to raise money to support him and his family – mum Vikki Jackowiak, dad Karl Smith and brother Daniel Jackowiak.

Last week, Alnwick Lions raised £640 for the cause, thanks to a boat trip from Seahouses to Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands.

The trip on board the Golden Gate was sold out with more than 60 people on board, and was provided for free by skipper George Shiel.

On Sunday, six staff from Morrisons, Alnwick, took part in a sponsored waxing at the town’s Oddfellows Arms.

Dougie McEwan, Ian Tersten, Michael Oliver, Neil McFall, Simon Ternant and Ken Kerr were the store representatives while Peter Graham, who was in the pub, also took part. More than £500 was raised.

Alnwick’s Rainbow Day Nursery raised £853 with a sponsored toddle in Hulne Park on Thursday, May 30.