Reece bids for Olympic gold

Carol Lynch and her son Reece
Carol Lynch and her son Reece

A WIGAN mum is hosting a charity breakfast to help an inspirational little boy and his team-mates compete at the British Transplant Games.

Carol Lynch, from Orrell, will hold the breakfast at Frankie and Benny’s with her son Reece, seven, who had a kidney transplant at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.

Reece, who has also had to have a major brain operation at Alder Hey, now competes at transplant sports competition for the hospital, and hopes to take part in this year’s British Transplant Games which are being held at Medway, in Kent, in August.

The charity breakfast will include face painting and a range of Easter-themed activities such as basket making and cake and bonnet decorating.

Money raised from the event will be split between Alder Hey’s Transplant Team and Cancer Research UK.

Carol said: “Reece absolutely loves competing, but we have to self-fund for the team to attend.

“Frankie and Benny’s agreed to put on a free charity breakfast in exchange for a donation, and we’re hoping to fill the restaurant and get as many people down as possible.

“We’ve done lots of fund-raising activities with the restaurant before and they’ve always invited Reece and the team whenever they’ve done things for Children in Need, so this is their way of saying thank you.”

Reece has been competing in transplant sport for around three years, and has already won medals competing in a wide range of sports and events including obstacle courses, the 50-metre sprint, the standing long jump, table tennis and the ball throw.

However, Carol says Reece being able to compete at all is something of a dream come true for her family, after complications with his kidney transplant caused his brain to be starved of oxygen and necessitated surgery.

She said: “I thought he would never walk or talk again, but partly because of the work we’ve done with him he’s back being like an ordinary little boy.

“The transplant games are brilliant because families come together and can talk to people who understand what you’ve been through.

“Reece really enjoys taking part. The 2011 games were in Belfast, and on the plane home the pilot invited us into the cabin for him to show off his medals, which was lovely.

“He’s our ray of sunshine and considering how poorly he has been, it’s a miracle.”

The charity breakfast will take place at Frankie and Benny’s at Robin Park on Saturday from 9am to 10.30am. Places should be booked in advance by phoning 01942 213302.