Summer’s pedal power for pal Jay

Summer Clements (7) gets on the saddle with some help from her sister Nieve Brown (4)
Summer Clements (7) gets on the saddle with some help from her sister Nieve Brown (4)

A seven-year-old girl who “hates exercise” has pledged to cycle 20 miles to try and help her pal ditch his crutches for good.

This Saturday (April 4), Bonnyrigg girl Summer Clements will aim to complete the challenge within Dalkeith Country Park to help Jay Johnston (8), from Mayfield.

As previously reported in the Advertiser, doctors told Jay, who had been wheelchair-bound by cerebral palsy, that he would never walk.

But at the age of five, following specialised treatment in the United States, he defied them by taking his first tentative steps across his living room floor.

Spearheaded by his family and friends, a £45,000 fundraising drive paid for a selective dorsal rhizotomy that saw surgeons cut away nerves from his spine to ease the cramps and spasms which left him unable to walk.

He also needed an operation on his heel cords and hamstrings, but was up and about walking on crutches within days.

Due to his bones growing at such a fast rate however, he must now return to the States for a £15,000 operation to stretch his heel chords.

Summer’s charity cycle will help pay for essential physiotherapy treatment sessions upon his return.

You can sponsor Summer by donating funds to Jay’s bank account with the Royal Bank of Scotland. It’s called ‘Jay’s Wish to Walk’. The sort code is 83-17-26 and the account number is 00686773.

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