Jack Horton, aged 20 of Great Wakering has walked more than 100 yards, 4 years after surviving a car crash from which doctors said he was unlikely to survive. The crash, which claimed the life of his friend Eleanor McGrath happened after a car hit them in Thorpe Bay. Jack suffered brain injuries, still cannot talk and undergoes physiotherapy five days a week.
Jack walked for the Charity Colourthon in Southend on Saturday with his brother Joe. Joe said “I have no words to describe it. They said he wouldn’t do it and to see him walk is just unbelievable”. Jack was reluctant to stop walking on Saturday, but after he passed under the rainbow arch was persuaded to return to his wheelchair.
He drove some of the route in his wheelchair, but once again got out of the chair and walked back under the arch. In all, Jack raised more than £1,200 for Southend Mind.
It was less than four weeks ago when Jack took his first unaided steps and was looking forward to walking alone for the first time, but was taken ill and had to battle to even attend the walk.