Hornchurch teens to help The Dream Factory

Publication: The Romford Recorder

By: Cash Boyle

Date: July 2020

Five-year-old Jacob Tompkins is hoping to go to Disneyland Paris with his family, courtesy of The Dream Factory, a charity who grants dreams for people with life-limiting conditions. Picture: The Dream Factory – Credit: Archant 

Ten boys from Hornchurch’s Emerson Park Academy have done a 5k challenge to help grant the wish of Jacob Tompkins, a courageous young boy who has beaten all the odds.

Harrison, Alfie, Owen, Luke, Hadley, George, Navun, Liam, Riley and Lenny hope to raise £4,000 for Hainault charity The Dream Factory, which will use the money to make Jacob’s Disneyland Paris dream come true.

Jacob suffered brain damage following complications at birth.  After being resuscitated for 22 minutes, Jacob was given a 1 per cent chance of survival. But he defied doctors’ predictions and now aged five he can walk, talk and even ride a bike.

Now, the Dream Factory wants to add his dream to the 490-plus it has already granted to those with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.

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