Army hopeful is a charity champ

Dyspraxia sufferer Lewis Davison hopes to join up when he's older
Dyspraxia sufferer Lewis Davison hopes to join up when he's older

A SCHOOLBOY with a disability that affects how he grips and grabs objects has completed an Army assault course to raise cash for charity.

Lewis Davison, 10, has battled with dyspraxia, a condition that affects his fine motor skills, but still dreams of joining the Army and becoming a soldier.

Parents Leanne Jackson, 32, and Darren Davison, 39, say dyspraxia makes “fiddly stuff” such as catching balls and opening crisp packets difficult.

Despite this, Lewis, who has always been a fan of soldiers and the Army, has his heart set on joining the Royal Artillery.

He was invited to Albemarle Barracks, near Ponteland, Northumberland, to have a go at the Army assault course where he raised a whopping £851 for forces charity Help the Heroes.

Lewis, of Crawlaw Road, Easington Colliery, said: “I really wanted to do it because I want to join the Army when I’m older. I enjoyed it a lot.”

The Easington Colliery Primary School pupil became spurred to do something for the fallen soldiers after watching a TV documentary about Afghanistan with his dad.

Proud Darren, who is full-time carer for Lewis’ brother Harvey, four, who has autism, said: “He told us that he wanted to do something to help the people who were inspirational to him.

“He knew it was a challenge, but he wanted to do it. For him, it was a massive thing.

“The Army were fantastic. The soldiers took him through the course and although there were some bits he couldn’t do, he gave it all a go.”

Darren added: “He met the soldiers of 39 Regiment, who presented him with a special medal.

They thanked him for doing something to raise money for their fallen friends and we want to thank everyone who helped him raise so much in these hard times.

“It was a fantastic insight to Army life.”

Full-time mum Leanne said: “It’s been hard for Lewis, especially with his little brother sometimes he feels pushed out so its nice to be proud of him.”

Lewis’s motor skills are improving with the support of his parents and his school.

Darren, who served in the Army’s Light Infantry, added: “In the past couple of years he’s been playing rugby and football and that’s brought him on loads.

“Doing the assault course has really helped with his confidence too. He’s getting better, but there’s still got a long way to go.

“He knows his limits but keeps pushing on.

“When he’s old enough, he wants to join the Cadets and then join the Army after that.”