England cricket bat goes up for auction to help raise funds for severely disabled Northampton boy

Lewis Herbert
Lewis Herbert

An England crick bat auction to raise money for a sensory garden for a Northampton boy who is severely disabled has so far generated £650.

The family of Lewis Herbert launched a fundraising appeal last year to provide the 12-year-old with a sensory garden at their home in West Hunsbury.

Lewis was diagnosed with West Syndrome at just three months old and has since developed into a condition called Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (LGS).

LGS is a rare and extremely severe form of epilepsy with multiple seizure types.

Dad, Gary Herbert, said: “He can have hundreds of different seizures every day and his condition is resistant to any medication or therapies which have been tried.

“He is severely disabled and unable to do anything for himself. He relies on us for all his personal care needs. He requires 24 hour care on a daily basis and we have both had to give up work to look after him.”

So far nearly £3,500 has been raised for Lewis, with the hope of that being boosted by the sale of two pieces of cricket memorabilia.

A signed England shirt recently sold for £500 and now a cricket bat is now up for auction. Bids currently stand at £650.

Gary said: “We are after willing bidders for this wonderful fully signed and framed England vs India winter test tour 2012/13 Cricket Bat.

“England won the series 2-1, the first time they had beaten India in their own backyard for 28 years.

“This is a really special collector’s item and fantastic piece of cricket history.”

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All the money raised through the fundraising appeal for Lewis will go towards a sensory garden for him.

At the moment the garden path at the family home is too small for his wheelchair and there are no ramps.

It is hoped the sensory garden will include a water feature, wind chimes, light and sound arch, musical chimes, mirrors and raised scented flower beds.

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