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Norfolk Freemasons come to the aid of Norwich youngster

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 January 2011

James Morrison

James Morrison

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While running around and doing exercise is something many of us take for granted, young James Morrison would do anything to be able to join in with his classmates during PE lessons.

Now his wish has been answered thanks to Norfolk’s freemasons.

Eight-year-old James, from Thorpe Marriott, has one leg smaller than the other. He also has a club foot and kidney disease which means he has to go to hospital regularly.

The Taverham Junior School pupil has shoes specially made, which cost his mum Lisa £250 for three pairs each time, and he is currently undergoing treatment with a chiropractor which costs £26 per session.

Medics have said that they are unable to treat the youngster until his bones have stopped growing, which is likely to be when he is 16.

But his mum is concerned that his leg length discrepancy will affect him before he reaches that age.

Back in June, The James Fund was set up and an appeal was put out in the Evening News for donations to help cover the costs of private treatment.

Members of Norfolk Freemasons had seen the plea for help and raised £1,000 for the youngster.

Ray Briggs, 72, of Beverley Road, Drayton, who has been a member of the Norfolk Freemasons for 40 years, said: “Many of the members were very proud of the young lad for his strength and were touched by his bravery.

“It’s such a shame that a young boy like him has to wait until he is 16 to get any assistance.”

The Norfolk Freemasons raised the funds at their Christmas meeting hosted by Saint Nicholas Freemasons Lodge at Great Yarmouth through a raffle and donations.

A cheque was handed over to James on Friday night. Graham Sole, from the Naval and Military Freemasons Lodge in Norwich, also presented the youngster with a £100 cheque and vowed to do further fundraising to help him.

Since June last year, the youngster has not been able to do PE at school because his mum has not been able to afford the shoes.

His mum, who also has a five-year-old daughter, Grace, said: “It’s fantastic and we’re so grateful.

“It’s been a real struggle to pay for his chiropractor but now we know he can have treatment for the next couple of months without worrying where the money is going to come from.”

To donate money towards The James Fund, go to www.thejamesfund.co.uk.

Are you raising money for a special child? Contact Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk.

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