Going the extra mile for little Jake

From left to right are Claudette Roberts, Jake Booth and David Freeth. Claudette and David are running the Great North Run to raise money to buy equipment for Jake
From left to right are Claudette Roberts, Jake Booth and David Freeth. Claudette and David are running the Great North Run to raise money to buy equipment for Jake
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A businesswoman and her partner are set to go the extra mile - or 13.1 - to try and improve the life of a terminally ill five-year-old boy.

Claudette Roberts and her partner David Freeth are taking part in the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday to raise money to buy crucial equipment for Mytholmroyd school boy Jake Booth, who was diagnosed with Batten Disease in 2012.

The relatively rare illness has left Jake blind, in a wheelchair and having to be fed through a tube, and Claudette and David want to raise enough money to buy a mobile air conditioning unit and a wheelchair canopy.

Claudette, who owns Fleur De Lys in Hebden Bridge, said: “Jake’s mum and dad, Joanne and Joel, are absolutely amazing parents. I really admire them.

“They have gone through so much this last year with Jake, so the decision to help raise money for Jake(our own idea, they have never asked for help) was an easy one.

“Since Jake was diagnosed, his needs have changed so we want to raise some money to buy some equipment to make his life a little easier.”

Jake who attends Wood Bank School, Luddenden Foot, lives with his parents at Albert Street, Mytholmroyd.

To raise money for him and support Claudette and David, fill in a sponsorship form - these are available at Fleur De Lys on Crown Street.

There is also a donation box at the shop, for anyone who wants to make a one-off contribution.