Youngster’s plight captures the hearts of Gazette readers

Aidan Jackowiak Smith with his mum Vikki and dad Karl.
Aidan Jackowiak Smith with his mum Vikki and dad Karl.

The parents of a brave two-year-old boy have described a mass community effort to help him as being ‘bigger than we could ever have imagined’.

Little Aidan Jackowiak Smith has a condition so complex and unique, there is currently no specific diagnosis.

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

The Shilbottle tot is facing surgery later this year at Great Ormond Street in London.

His plight has touched many people and efforts to help support his forthcoming hospital trips are growing – to the amazement of parents Karl Smith and Vikki Jackowiak. “We never expected it to get so big. The response is phenomenal,” said Karl.

Shilbottle and Hampeth Social Committee is holding a prize bingo and raffle on May 30 at Shilbottle Sports and Leisure Club, from 7.30pm. There will be entertainment from Scott Webster.

A domino card to win a £500 bathroom suite, donated by MKM Alnwick, is available for £2 a number from Shilbottle Post Office, while donation sheets have been placed in MKM, Shilbottle’s village shop and R Green and Son in Longframlington.

More details about this can be found on the Facebook page – Fundraising for Aidan – which has attracted thousands of views since it was set up earlier this month.

Aidan’s older brother, Daniel, is on the committee at Lindisfarne Middle School to plan a series of fund-raisers.

A raffle is being held in Yorkshire Building Society’s Alnwick branch at 10.30am on Wednesday. Tickets in store have sold out. A fund for Aidan has been set up at the branch and donations are pouring in.