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Stereophonics' secret Farnborough gig raises hundreds of pounds for boy's cerebral palsy treatment

Jacob Kennedy, 10, will benefit from three weeks intense physiotherapy after the Welsh rockers gig at the Snow Goose in Farnborough last month

Welsh rock band Stereophonics have helped a boy from Hawley with cerebral palsy get three weeks of much-needed intense physiotherapy.

Jacob Kennedy, 10, has been able to have the treatment after the Snow Goose in Farnborough hosted a charity gig to raise money for him – with the Stereophonics topping the bill.

A total of £1,206 was raised at the event, with everyone in attendance charged £5 each for their ticket, purchased without the knowledge they would be seeing the rock stars.

Landlady Kate Hayden was able to offer the surprise to pub regulars after winning a competition which saw the band play a secret gig after purchasing their beer Phonics, produced by Brains Brewery.

Because of the gig, Jacob has been able to get his physiotherapy at The Footsteps Centre in Oxford, which specialises in the intensive rehabilitation of children and young adults with cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, epilepsy, other neurological and neuromotor disorders and undiagnosed conditions.

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Jacob Kennedy with the Stereophonics

During this intensive course of therapy, he has had two-hour sessions every day for three weeks – he has to do intensive courses up to four times a year.

Jacob also has private physiotherapy sessions closer to home as well as a personal trainer and attends wheelchair racing classes at the David Weir Academy to keep active.

'Goosebump moment'

Jacob’s mum Kim said: “The physiotherapy sessions give him strength and helps him be independent.

“With cerebral palsy, if you don’t do the physio, your muscles go inwards so this helps him have his independence and helps him be as flexible as he can be.”

Speaking about the Stereophonics gig, she added that although Jacob had not been a massive fan of the band beforehand, he certainly was now.

“He’s a really big fan now, watching them on YouTube all the time,” Mrs Kennedy said. “It was really good meeting them, Jacob was a bit starstruck, as we all were, but they were very humble and very professional, they were nice to Jacob and it was just mega.

“It was a really good experience and we’re all big fans now, I took some videos which we’ve been watching quite a bit, it was amazing, one of those goosebump moments that make all the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. They were really nice people and Kate did really well organising it all.”

The Snow Goose is hoping to raise money for Jacob throughout the year. Anyone wishing to donate to Jacob’s ongoing treatment directly can visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ashleyandandy.

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