Firewalk and fun day to raise cash for charity

Claire Sowden's son Jack has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is a progressive muscle wasting disease.
Claire Sowden's son Jack has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is a progressive muscle wasting disease.

A firewalk and fun day has been organised to raise funds for Action Duchenne at Pocklington RUFC on Percy Road.

The event will take place this Saturday (21 July) between 1pm and 6pm.

The fun day, organised by Claire Sowden, will feature various stalls, a bouncy castle, an adult inflatable obstacle course, face painting, the local Fire Service crew and a bar for the adults.

Claire said: “This charity is close to my heart as my son Jack has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is a progressive muscle wasting disease.

“It’s one of the most severe muscular dystrophies, with muscle weakness appearing in early childhood between the ages of 2-5.

“Many of those with Duchenne lose the ability to walk in early adolescence and young people with Duchenne typically live into their late 20s.

“Each year since Jack was diagnosed I have tried to find something unusual to do to raise money and awareness of Duchenne. Last year I took part in a sky dive. There is no cure or viable treatments at present and each day I watch my funny, bubbly son weaken a little more.

“Miss World Athletic Figure (NABBA) is our guest of honour and will also be taking part in the fire walk. There are also inflatable costume races with a trophy for the winner.

“And of course, there is the fire walking, myself and a few others will be walking 15ft over hot coals for Jack and Action Duchenne.

“We will need all the support you can give us. You can even sign up on the day. I have the muscles and Jack has the zest for life.”

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/claire-sowden to donate to the cause.