Express readers bring little JJ back home

The campaign to raise �10k to help buy specialised equipment for two year old JJ Michalowski has now reached the original target.'Pictured: JJ Michalowski with his sister, Alicia and mum and dad Katie and Igor.'h305g442
The campaign to raise �10k to help buy specialised equipment for two year old JJ Michalowski has now reached the original target.'Pictured: JJ Michalowski with his sister, Alicia and mum and dad Katie and Igor.'h305g442
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You’ve done it. Express readers have raised more than £10,000 to bring little JJ home.

During the past three months you have raised more than £12,750 for the Express-backed campaign.

The money will now be used to buy specialist equipment for two-year-old JJ Michalowski, to help give him some independence.

JJ was left paralysed from the chest down after being injured in a head-on car crash.

JJ’s mum, Katy Michalowska said: “We can’t believe it. It’s absolutely amazing how much money has been raised.

“I can’t thank people enough for their support and all the time and effort they have put into organising events to help us. They have reunited our family.

“This money will make a huge difference to JJ’s life. It means we can buy him a suitable car seat and a fitted wheelchair which will give him some independence.”

Express editor Hannah Thaxter said: “On behalf of the family I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our readers who have been amazingly generous.

“To raise over £12,000 in 12 weeks is more than we could ever have hoped for and is a fantastic effort.”

JJ is now under the care of Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injuries Centre and is making good progress.

Mrs Michalowska added: “The unit is absolutely amazing. The staff at the hospital have told us there is no stopping JJ.

“They have also said he doesn’t need an electric wheelchair and that a manual one will be better for him to build his upper body strength.

“So that’s what we will be using some of the money for.

“He’s already learnt how to sit up from being laid down, something which we weren’t sure he would ever be able to do again.

“Before the future looked bleak but now the future looks brighter.”