Charity gig to help pay for tot’s prosthetic limbs

A MUSIC gig is being held for the second year running to help pay for a four-year-old’s prosthetic limbs, after he contracted meningitis and lost both hands and both legs.

Marshall Janson’s family have set up a charity called Handstand in a bid to raise the �900,000 needed for prosthetic limbs as he grows up.

Beckie Philpott runs The White Hart Hotel on North Bridge Street in Shefford and is holding a music gig at the pub on Saturday, June 16.

“Marshall’s my auntie’s nephew,” Beckie said.

“He’s very positive and outgoing and will try everything and anything, but all he’s ever wanted to do is walk.”

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She continued: “Marshall is doing really well. He is still undergoing regular physiotherapy, but he is now walking with a frame, which he calls his truck, and is excited to start full-time school in September.

“He is currently at pre-school, which he is thoroughly enjoying and he loves learning.”

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The fund to cover the costs of Marshall’s prosthetic limbs as he grows up currently stands at �300,000.

In order to meet the expected cost of Marshall’s rehabilitation, the appeal needs to raise a further �600,000.

Beckie is hoping the music gig will raise �4000 this year, having raised �3600 last year.

The line-up for the event, which starts at 1pm, includes The Soul Man, The Revolutions, Mandy (Amy Winehouse tribute), Wise Old Owls, Tie One On, The Crooner (Paul Adams), and XL5.

There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting, bungee run, magician, beer tent and barbecue.

Entry to the music gig is �5 and free for under 12s, with tickets on sale now behind the bar. Tickets will also be available on the day.

For more information about Handstand, or to find out how to make a donation to the appeal, visit You can also visit the appeal’s Facebook page by typing ‘Handstand Appeal’ into the Facebook search bar.

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