Mods to the rescue in Welwyn Garden City power wheelchair fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 15:22 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:24 05 September 2018

Jensen wearing a 'therasuit' which is used in his physiotherapy. Picture: supplied by Kirsty Mardlin

Jensen wearing a 'therasuit' which is used in his physiotherapy. Picture: supplied by Kirsty Mardlin

supplied by Kirsty Mardlin

A Welwyn Garden City family are organising a night of Northern Soul acts to raise money for a power wheelchair for their four-year-old son.

Jensen Mardlin's parents are fundraising for a power wheelchair for the four-year-old with cerebral palsy. Picture: supplied by Kirsty MardlinJensen Mardlin's parents are fundraising for a power wheelchair for the four-year-old with cerebral palsy. Picture: supplied by Kirsty Mardlin

Jenson Mardlin suffered brain damage when he was born almost three months early, and is now quadriplegic.

But with the determined help of physiotherapy and his time at Lonsdale School in Stevenage, Jenson can hold up his head and can indicate his needs with eye contact.

He can also use his Wizzybug, a specialist chair for the under-fives. But Kirsty and her partner, full-time carer Francis, want to boost his independence with a power wheelchair costing £9,200,

The more advanced chair not only has more features such as an adjustable height, its basic frame will last him through to adulthood.

Jensen Mardlin with his dad and full-time carer, Francis. Picture: supplied by Kirsty MardlinJensen Mardlin with his dad and full-time carer, Francis. Picture: supplied by Kirsty Mardlin

The family have pulled together £2,000 of the costs already, but as a single-income household they already spend £750 a month on physiotherapy.

Enter Kirsty’s scooter-mad parents Sarah and Tim McCann, who have mobilised support from the Welwyn Stags Scooter Club.

As part of the mod scene, scooter fans bring with them a love for music genres like Northern Soul, ska, rockabilly and early rock ‘n’ roll.

Through Sarah and Tim, they’ve enlisted several bands to perform for free at a fundraising gig in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday, September 8.

Jensen Mardlin's parents are fundraising for a power wheelchair for the four-year-old with cerebral palsy. Picture: supplied by Kirsty MardlinJensen Mardlin's parents are fundraising for a power wheelchair for the four-year-old with cerebral palsy. Picture: supplied by Kirsty Mardlin

Hosts the Shamrock Club have offered the venue for free.

For £12 on the door or £10 in advance, you can see acts such as Coloride, Redmaxxx, Ben Drake and headliner Samuel S Parkes, previously seen supporting Ocean Colour Scene.

Revered photographer and DJ of the 80s mod revival Paul Hallam is coming out of a 25-year retirement for a one-off gig in support of Jenson.

Kirsty has been overwhelmed by the support.

Jensen Mardlin's parents are fundraising for a power wheelchair for the four-year-old with cerebral palsy. Picture: supplied by Kirsty MardlinJensen Mardlin's parents are fundraising for a power wheelchair for the four-year-old with cerebral palsy. Picture: supplied by Kirsty Mardlin

After she went on Mod Radio to promote the event, another band The Aim got in touch completely out of the blue to offer their services in an auction for a free living room gig.

“They’ve all just been lovely,” she said.

Kirsty admits she isn’t much of a mod herself, but with a love of motorbikes, perhaps Jenson will turn his interest to scooters.

“I’m sure getting on a motorbike was his main motivation for learning to hold his head up!” she said.

Will Jenson take after his grandparents and come to love scooters too? Picture: supplied by Kirsty MardlinWill Jenson take after his grandparents and come to love scooters too? Picture: supplied by Kirsty Mardlin

Find out more about ‘Jenson’s Big Night Out’ this weekend at: https://www.facebook.com/events/242172029935427/

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