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Hundreds join moonlit walk for Jayden
HUNDREDS of people united to raise money for a family whose little boy’s plight has touched people around the world.
Mike Wilson and Lou Scandrett set up a page on Facebook called Hope for Jayden after finding out their four-year-old might have a brain tumour.
More than 13,000 people have liked the page and have followed the family’s journey as they tragically discovered their son’s condition is incurable.
Since then, thousands of pounds have been donated to help make the last year of Jayden’s life special and fill it with amazing memories.
The Moonlit Walk, which took place last Friday, added to their fundraising appeal, generating £3,500 through entry fees.
Around 300 people gathered at War Memorial Park for the start of the walk, many wearing Hope for Jayden T-shirts and wrist bands.
Mike, 31, who is a member of the world-famous Basingstoke-based 3Run freerunning group, gave an emotional speech before the start of the event to thank everyone for their support.
Afterwards, he told The Gazette: “It was incredible. I gave a little speech just to say thanks to everyone who’s supported us. I looked across everyone and 95 per cent of people I didn’t know. That alone was overwhelming.
“They came and said hello, and said what we are doing is brilliant and that they think we are inspirational. We felt that we had known them all our lives.”
The walkers followed a 10-mile route which took them to St Mark’s Primary School, in Hatch Warren, where Jayden is a pupil, and then headed back to the park for the finish.
Stevie Hobbs, a mother-of-two, from Brighton Hill, Basingstoke, who organised the event, said: “It was fantastic – it went brilliantly.”
The self-employed 37-year-old added: “I was following Jayden’s story, and it was heartbreaking. When you are a parent, hearing something like that, no matter what age, it must be the worst thing in the world – especially when they are that young and there’s nothing anyone can do.
“I wanted to do something to help. It was a spur of the moment thing and I thought let’s do it. On the night, it was like everyone was family.
“There were hugs all round. Cars were beeping their horns and it kept everyone going. Seeing Mike, you could tell he’s trying to be really strong, but hearing him talk on Friday, he was getting really choked up and it’s awful.”
Mike, from Beggarwood, who also has a six-year-old daughter called Ella, said Jayden is doing well and is due to start a course of radiotherapy to help combat his illness.
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