Jake holds auc­tion for ter­mi­nally ill chil­dren

Stockport Express - - News - EMMA CURRY [email protected] @em­malouise­curry

AYOUNGSTER born weigh­ing less than 2lbs, who lost his twin brother at three days old, has held a fundraiser for ter­mi­nally ill chil­dren.

Jake Flan­nery, now aged 18, was born at 25 weeks, weigh­ing 1lb 13oz, and has cere­bral palsy and learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. His twin died at just three days old.

Jake, of Mead­way, High Lane, de­cided to hold a fundraiser in aid of the char­ity Wish Upon a Star, which helps make dreams come true for ter­mi­nally ill chil­dren.

Mum Michelle Flan­nery posted Jake’s de­ci­sion on so­cial me­dia, and by the morn­ing High Lane Con­ser­va­tive Club had of­fered use of a room free of charge.

Michelle set up a JustGiv­ing page, and again overnight £85 was raised.

Jake held his event sup­ported by Michelle and his dad Ian, and re­ceived al­most £2,000 in do­na­tions, in­clud­ing those from Manch­ester United, Manch­ester City, Stock­port County FC, Laborgh­ini and lo­cal busi­nesses. There was a raf­fle and auc­tion and choco­latier Oliver Dunn gave up his time as the auc­tion­eer, while Jake had the gavel.

The band Derailer, made up of lo­cal teenagers, also played on the night.

●●Jake Flan­nery now; In­set, as a new­born baby

●●Jake’s auc­tion night

●●Band play­ing at the auc­tion night

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