Pair on a mission to raise funds for much-needed cot

Ryan Jewell-Fox with family friend Gill Streeter (left) and his mother Keyleigh Jewell
Ryan Jewell-Fox with family friend Gill Streeter (left) and his mother Keyleigh Jewell
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FUNDRAISERS are on a mission to help a disabled boy and his family to have a full night’s sleep.

Ryan Jewell-Fox began having spasms when he was six months old, which have left him severely delayed in development.

The seizures mean that Ryan now has poor mobility, autistic traits, severe behaviour problems and an underdeveloped brain.

The youngster, who lives in Hilsea, Portsmouth, needs a specially-designed cot costing £3,000 that will take up his whole room and allow him to sleep on his own.

At the moment, Ryan sleeps in his mum Keyleigh’s bed and both of them are only able to get five hours’ sleep a night.

Unable to afford the cot, Keyleigh and her friend Gill Streeter have set out to raise the money.

Keyleigh said: ‘Getting this cot will help make family life better as we haven’t been getting much sleep.

‘It will be a safe space for Ryan to play and sleep without me worrying that he might hurt himself.’

The cot, which will be made-to-measure for the four-year-old’s room, will be covered in padding to allow Ryan to move about easily.

‘Ryan needs 24/7 care so this will help me know that he is safe while I do other things in the house,’ said Keyleigh.

To raise the much-needed money Keyleigh and Gill have been organising events including a ladies’ night, fun days and pub quizzes.

The pair have been overwhelmed with the help that they have been given in their efforts to raise funds.

‘It’s just me and Keyleigh setting up these events but we have been grateful for companies donating raffle prizes and everyone else helping us,’ said Gill.

Keyleigh added that they will be able to give a deposit for the bed and start to get it made.

The pair have set up a Go Fund Me page to allow them to store the money in a safe place.

‘So far from this page we have raised over £300 but we are aiming for more,’ said Gill.

The next event the pair have organised is a quiz 
night at the Star and Garter Pub in Copner Road on Sunday.

All proceeds will go to 
fundraising for Ryan’s special bed.

The charity Newlife which helps fund equipment for disabled and terminally-ill children has also stepped in to help the pair out by donating some money.