County parents have won the backing of Northamptonshire cricketer Steven Crook for their campaign to raise money for their severely disabled son.
Gary and Lexi Herbert’s son Lewis, 12, has Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), a rare and severe form of epilepsy with multiple seizure types. He can have hundreds of seizures a day and his condition is resistant to any medication or therapies which have been tried.
Now Gary, a former Finedon Dolben cricketer, has won the support of county’s Australian all-rounder Crook.
The family want to raise £15,000 in order to build a multi-sensory room at home so Lewis can enjoy himself and feel relaxed at home in a safe environment.
Crook said: “When I was approached by Lewis’s dad I was more than happy to try and help Lewis realise his dream of a sensory room at home.
“I know how much this would mean to him and the immeasurable impact it would have on his life – it’s the only thing that makes him happy, content and relaxed.”
Potential sponsors of Crook’s performances for Northamptonshire next season are being sought by the family, and Crook himself added: “It would be amazing if people were able to get behind this fantastic cause by donating to A Life for Lewis Appeal based on my performances for Northants Cricket for the 2015 season.”
Lewis’s parents said: “He absolutely loves the sensory room at his special needs school and at the John Radcliffe hospital, Oxford.
“The impact a multi-sensory room at home would have on Lewis is immeasurable.”
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