A MOTHER whose son underwent medical treatment over Christmas is raising money for the ward that looked after him.

Last December, eight-year-old Jacob Littlefair was admitted to ward L42 at Leeds General Infirmary for a colostomy procedure after suffering from bowel problems since birth.

As a thank you to the ward, Jacob set up his own appeal to donate chocolate Easter eggs to children on the ward and collected over 300.

Jacob’s mother, Sarah Walker, has set out to show her own appreciation for the help they received.

She will be completing a sponsored skydive with four others to raise money to help purchase reclining bedside chairs.

Mrs Walker said she was indebted to the support she and Jacob received throughout his treatment.

She said: “This ward is just a ward, so they don’t get a lot of money but the nurses were just absolutely amazing.

“I have been in and out of hospital with Jacob throughout his eight years and I have never felt so at home in the worst time of our lives.

“They are a family and they will go over and beyond for you.

“I know what it’s like for any parent to have that poorly child, it’s horrendous. Some days you don’t even get a shower because you just want to be sat at your child’s bedside.

“Just to be able to raise enough money for a few recliner chairs to make life a little bit easier would be lovely for the ward.”

Mrs Walker will be skydiving at a site in Bridlington on July 21 with friends Gemma Priestley, Ciara May and Ashley Ward, of Go Diva hair salon in Thirsk.

She has also nominated Helen Foster to take on the challenge for the support she has given Jacob throughout his treatment.

Mrs Walker added: “What I want people to be aware of is that cancers are a massive thing and hearts and transplants are a massive thing but with colostomy bags, because it’s poo, nobody wants to talk about it.

“Without that colostomy bag Jake wouldn’t be able to do the things he is doing now.

“It’s a massive thank you to the ward and I will continue to fundraise for them.

“I’ll always be in debt to them.”

With a target of £500, Mrs Walker will be setting up a GoFundMe page and sponsorship forms will be available at Go Diva salon and Le Grande Dame, in Thirsk.