JJ to meet football and Corrie stars

JJ with sisters Leah Darley and Alicia Michalowska
JJ with sisters Leah Darley and Alicia Michalowska

Young John James Michalowski – who has been left paralysed after a car accident – is being given the chance to meet television and football stars.

The tot will spend the day with actors from ITV’s Coronation Street and players at Manchester United Football Club in Manchester later this month.

Joanne Speight, a long-term friend of the Michalowski family, helped to organise the day as a pick-me-up following the family’s ordeal.

She said: “I have been connected to the family for a number of years but I didn’t know about JJ’s condition until a few months ago when Lesley Liddell, JJ’s grandma, phoned me.

“It’s devastating that their whole life has been turned upside down from one accident.

“After everything they have been through over the last few months, with JJ in hospital, the family trip is so well-deserved and I’m really grateful to my friend, Mark Price for his help to arrange it.”

Ms Speight has also helped to organise a family fun fundraising day at Moorthorpe Recreational Club this Sunday from 1pm until 6pm.

Live musical performances will take place throughout the day and attractions will include chocolate making, a fire eater and stilt walker, donkeys, a fairground and a range of stalls.

ET Martial Arts Academy of Seven Golden Dragons also held a fundraiser for the family last weekend.

Members of the academy climbed up and down a hill in Frickley Park 50 times before undertaking an ice bucket challenge.

Katy Michalowska, JJ’s mum, said: “It really is amazing what everyone has been doing to help us. JJ is getting stronger every day and starting to boss us about again now so he’s definitely more like his usual self. We cannot wait to have him home and enjoy being together as a family.”