COMEDIAN Frankie Boyle has backed a Torfaen mum’s appeal to fund her four-year-old son’s life changing operation.
The comic will perform alongside Francesca Martinez at a special stand up comedy show on Saturday, September 9, at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, in support of Lincoln’s Legs Appeal.
Since launching the appeal in a bid to raise £100,000 for an operation in America, the Hope family have raised over £2,000 with several businesses in the area getting involved and showing their support.
All proceeds from the Frankie Boyle show will go towards Lincoln’s operation which will enable him to walk, run and live a pain-free life as his cerebral palsy affects his ability to walk.
Mum-of-two, Jess Hope, of Garndiffaith, is also trekking across the Brecon Beacons in September for the fund, a 95-mile, eight-day trek equivalent to climbing Kilimanjaro.
The comedy show originated from Mrs Hope contacting comedian Francesca Martinez, who also has cerebral palsy, to play a fundraising gig for Lincoln. The comic then put the Torfaen family in touch with Frankie Boyle.
After asking Mr Boyle to support the fund, he agreed to donate his services for free and the gig was organised by the Hope family.
The mum is also holding several charity events over the next few months from a ladies pamper evening on Wednesday, June 21, at Pontypool United to a mini music festival at the Rising Sun Inn at Abersychan on Saturday, July 1.
The music event will see six bands take to the stage including Ruby and Valentines, Soapbox Method, a Tom Jones tribute act, Doctor Rock, Jimmy Mac’s Blues Band and Vespertine.
Mrs Hope said she was “overwhelmed” after receiving the top comic’s support.
“I’m speechless. It’s one of the things that you think will never happen to you and I can’t believe I was having a personal conversation with them both,” she said.
“It will make a massive difference to our campaign and we plan to raise a quarter of our total (£25,000) that night alone.
“He’s very generous, I didn’t even need to persuade him (to play the show).”
Lincoln’s proposed operation, Spinal Dorsal Rhizotomy, aims to remove spasticity and would be followed by years of physiotherapy to improve muscle strength. Without it, he likely to spend his life in a wheelchair.
Although the fundraising drive just begun, Mrs Hope is “determined” to “do whatever it takes to ensure he doesn’t have to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair”.
Tickets for the show are priced a £26.50 and tickets are available via www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk. To donate to the Lincoln’s Legs fund, visit virginmoneygiving.com/fund/lincolnslegs.