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Inspirational Jono secures support grant

Jono Lancaster: Born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, Jono recently opened a support centre in Sheffield for people who have the condition, and to give help and support to families.
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Jono Lancaster: Born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, Jono recently opened a support centre in Sheffield for people who have the condition, and to give help and support to families. p307a332

Inspirational Jono Lancaster has secured a grant to help him continue his support work with youngsters.

Mr Lancaster, who was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, has received £500 from the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.

He works full time as a support worker for adults with autism but in his spare time he gives talks in schools and colleges on his childhood and the difficulties he faced growing up with the condition, which means he has no cheekbones and his eyes droop downwards.

Mr Lancaster, 29, who grew up in Featherstone, said: “After I went on television the demand for me to give talks just got higher and higher. I ended up going all over the country doing talks and meeting people.

“Last year I even went to America to speak to families who had children with Treacher Collins syndrome and then later this year I’m going to Australia to do the same.

“I don’t ask for any money when I give the talks so this grant will enable me to go to even more schools.

“I’m really grateful for the grant because money is the only thing that stops me from going to more places.”

Mr Lancaster grew up in Featherstone with his adoptive mum Jean Lancaster, after his birth parents gave him up for adoption 36 hours after he was born.

He attended Featherstone High School before going on to study sports science at Wakefield College.

He now lives with his girlfriend Laura Richards, 23, in Normanton and is also an ambassador for the charity Changing Faces - which supports people with facial disfigurements.

Mr Lancaster added: “I am so passionate about what I do and this money will enable me to continue doing it.”

For more information about the foundation visit www.yorkshireyoungachievers.co.uk

 

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