Donations flood in to help fund Sunderland boy’s drug trial

Two year - old Jack Baird of Ryhope, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder which could see him develop dementia before the age of five.  He is seen here with mum Gemma Nelson, Dad Garry Watson and his nine - year old brother Lewis Baird.
Two year - old Jack Baird of Ryhope, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder which could see him develop dementia before the age of five. He is seen here with mum Gemma Nelson, Dad Garry Watson and his nine - year old brother Lewis Baird.
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MORE than £1,000 has flooded in to help a toddler as he fights for life.

Jack Baird, two, from Ryhope, has touched people’s hearts after his family launched a campaign to treat his Sanfilippo disease, which will eventually destroy his brain functions and physical ability.

They need to raise £580,000 for 20 children – including Sunningdale Nursery pupil Jack – to trial a new drug at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital which is expected to help those with the condition.

Mum Gemma Nelson, who is a full-time carer for Jack, said they don’t want to give up on the youngster, who is not expected to live past his second decade.

Gemma, partner Garry Watson, 32, who is a pipe fitter with Amec, family and friends are hosting a number of fund-raising activities to help raise the amount needed for the trial.

And they have been delighted with the response from everyone who has helped out so far.

“It is overwhelming how kind people have been,” said Gemma.

“It has been lovely the support we’ve had.”

The 29-year-old who is also mum to Lewis, eight, added: “The amount that has been raised so far has been amazing – especially in such difficult financial times – and I wish I could thank everyone personally who has donated.”

l To donate to Jack’s cause visit www.shareagift.com/jack.

l To donate a raffle prize for Jack’s Halloween party, at the Village Tavern in Ryhope, contact Julie on 0788 4318 705.

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