Spalding dad Jake ‘almost there’ after being Chosen for £3,000 donation

CHOSEN ONE: Jake White and partner Karen Murfet (third right) with volunteers at Chosen Charity Shop, Holbeach.
CHOSEN ONE: Jake White and partner Karen Murfet (third right) with volunteers at Chosen Charity Shop, Holbeach.
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Spalding youngster Tia White (10) can sing “Almost There” to her dad Jake after he was Chosen for a £3,000 donation towards his fightback to health.

The song from the Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog” is perfect after an appeal by Jake, partner Karen Murfet and their daughter Tia for help to buy medical equipment worth £6,000 took a big step forward after a donation from Chosen Charity Shop of Holbeach.

Jake, an ex-lorry driver, was diagnosed with locked-in syndrome after a brain stem stroke in September 2013.

But he is slowly regaining movement in his arms and legs with the help of a Thera Trainer he has used for three months.

Karen Murfet, Jake’s partner, said: “The donation was totally unexpected and we never thought, having started off with the hope of raising at least some money towards the equipment, that we would get so much.

“It’s very overwhelming and very nice that people are so generous.

“Jake still has very little movement in his arms and legs, but the slight movement he does have indicates that the bike is working.”

Iris Boland, co-manager of Chosen, said: “We saw the article about Jake White in the Spalding Guardian and got in touch with Karen by social media.

“I then phoned her on July 4, which happened to be Jake’s birthday, and told her how much we were going to give the family.

“Karen was so overwhelmed that she started crying and I’d like to think that they’ll get all the help they need after our donation.”

Chosen Charity Shop opened in 2011 and in 2013 alone, it raised £20,000 and gave away almost all of it (£19,385) in donations.

Iris said: “For the size of shop we are, we do tremendously well and last year, we donated £37,000 to good causes.

“Our target this year is £40,000, based on the fact that our volunteers don’t get paid and people who come here know that everything we raise goes to local causes.”

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