Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
6:48 PM 18th August 2020

Barnsley Couple Raise Money For Their Severely Disabled Godson

Adam and Kelly Richardson, of Silkstone Common, are walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise £3,000 towards a specially adapted bedroom and bathroom for two-year-old Jude Hudson.

Kelly Richardson (left) with Emma Hudson and Jude
Kelly Richardson (left) with Emma Hudson and Jude
Jude was born with an extremely rare neuro-degenerative disorder called Schinzel Giedion Syndrome which affects several parts of his body and means he faces complex challenges. He is unable to support himself physically and cannot swallow so is fed via a tube directly into his bowel. He has visual and hearing impairments, digestive and urological problems, epilepsy and developmental delay.

Adam said:
“Jude is entirely dependent on his family and carers and, as he grows from a being a much-loved baby to a little boy, they need to build him a downstairs bedroom and bathroom with proper lifting equipment and facilities so they can continue to provide care at home in a safe and hygienic environment.”

Adam and Kelly are good friends of Jude’s parents, Steve and Emma Hudson. Their own children James and Hope play with Jude and his big brother Fraser. They decided to organise their fundraiser as soon as the family gained planning permission to adapt their home in Ackworth.

Jude Hudson with his brother Fraser and Adam and Kelly's children Hope and James
Jude Hudson with his brother Fraser and Adam and Kelly's children Hope and James
Adam said:
“We hope that we can help to raise the necessary funding that our special godson and his dedicated family need to have their home adapted and so be able to carry on caring for Jude’s everyday needs.”

Jude’s Mum Emma said:
“Having a child like Jude is a huge challenge for us as a family. The support of our friends has been so important over the last few years. The adaptations to our home will make a massive difference to the quality of all of our lives. Good luck Adam and Kelly!”

You can find out more about Adam and Kelly’s sponsored trek over Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough peaks this month and sponsor their efforts via their Just Giving page

The fundraiser is being organised through Sullivan’s Heroes, a charity dedicated to offering support and financial assistance to families raising funds for vital home adaptations for a disabled child, to continue to care for their child at home, safely and with dignity

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