Community cash to help JJ and Kane

South Elmsall firefighters have raised �850 for JJ Michalowski (little boy paralysed in car crash) and �850 for Kane Smith (has muscular dystrophy and hopes to go to Disney World) at the fire station open day. They gave the families the money today. (H551A441)
South Elmsall firefighters have raised �850 for JJ Michalowski (little boy paralysed in car crash) and �850 for Kane Smith (has muscular dystrophy and hopes to go to Disney World) at the fire station open day. They gave the families the money today. (H551A441)
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Big -hearted South Elmsall firefighters have given money raised at their open day to two children whose stories have touched the hearts of the local community.

Hundreds attended the last ever open day at the town’s fire station last month and raised £1700 to be split equally between youngsters JJ Michalowski and Kane Smith.

Two-year-old JJ, from South Elmsall, was paralysed from the chest down in a head-on car crash in March.

His family is aiming to raise £10,000 to buy specialist equipment to support him at home.

Kane, four, from Hemsworth, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a life shortening condition.

His dad Martin hopes to raise £10,000 to take the youngster on the trip of a lifetime to Disney World, Florida, before his condition worsens.

Allan Senior, South Elmsall fire station watch commander, said: “It was an honour to be able to help them both even just a little bit.

“We hope to continue to support both JJ and Kane when the station moves to South Kirkby.”

Both children and their families attended the open day and had the chance to sit in an engine and use the hose.

Martin Smith said: “I can’t thank the lads of green watch enough.

“Not only do they risk their lives daily in the job they do but they also brought a community together to help raise funds for two poorly children.”

JJ’s mum, Katy Michalowska, said: “We are very very grateful for everything the firefighters have done. We can’t thank them enough.

“JJ absolutely loved going in the fire engine and every time we pass now he wants to sit in it again.”