As 24-year-old Jonny Gadd from Uckfield faces having his foot amputated for health reasons a group of friends are inviting others to join them in a sponsored walk to help get him mobile again.
Mark Elsey who has set up a JustGiving page to boost the fund-raising said: “This is a horrible situation for anyone to have to go through so he certainly shouldn’t have to go through it alone.”
Mark says anybody is welcome to join the ten-mile walk, which will start in East Dean, go along the South Downs and back again.
It will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31, and all you have to do to take part is sponsor yourself for £10 and try to raise additional money too. The aim at the moment is to raise £1,000 towards a prosthetic limb that will be better than one that would be provided on the NHS.
Mark said: “Every penny or pound will help. He is a genuine and lovely lad so please people let’s keep a smile on his face.”
Jonny broke his ankle when he was about two years old but it didn’t mend properly and the injury has got progressively worse.
“I was told that if I have an amputation I would be able to get on with my life and not have to put up with any more hassle,” Jonny said.
He was in shock after first hearing about the option but now it is beginning to make sense to him and the reaction of his friends is making all the difference to the way he views the future.
Jonny said: “I think it is amazing that they are prepared to help like this. I wasn’t expecting any of it. I am over the moon.”
If you would like to help please visit the help Jonny Gadd JustGiving page.