Courageous Jack’s amazing charity feat

A courageous Filey schoolboy has successfully completed a challenging charity triathlon – despite suffering from cerebral palsy.

Jack Lawrence, of Rutland Street , took part in the gruelling three-discipline challenge to help a fellow youngster in need of a “life changing” operation.

Brave Jack, who is just nine-years-old, ran and cycled for a mile before taking to the water and swimming ten lengths of the pool - just three years after being confinedto a wheelchair.

His efforts raised more than £500 for 11-year-old Scarborough girl India Robertson, who needs a selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure, which Jack underwent in America in 2009.

Jack was joined by his father Chris as he set off from Primrose Valley Holiday Park towards The Bay.

After running and then cycling to the venue on an adapted bicycle, he then dived into the swimming pool to complete his monumental challenge.

His mum Debbie said she was thrilled with his efforts and delighted with the total raised for charity.

She said: “Jack did very well and he is extremely proud of himself.

“It was fantastic for him to finish the triathlon and it was the most he has ever swam too.

“ This will give him so much confidence .

“Before, he used to get upset and frustrated that he couldn’t do certain things, but now he is such a happy boy.”

Jack’s efforts have helped further boost the campaign to help young India, who needs £60,000 to fund the medical procedure.

However, the day was also poignant for his father Chris, who said just being able to share such pleasures with his son was an emotional experience.

Jack was only the third person in Britain yo have the operation, but Chris said it had been a resounding success.

He added: “It might be a cliche but to see him run is a dream come true.

“He has become a little miracle.

“It has changed our lives, but, more importantly, it has changed Jack’s.”