Delight for Paula after Jack’s playroom opens

Published on: 31 Oct 2013

MUM Paula Banks has seen her vision come to reality. The playroom and conservatory that she is funding at Bristol Children’s Hospital in memory of her son Jack has been opened.

It forms part of a new children’s cancer unit on the seventh floor of the city centre hospital where the oncology ward is now alongside the bone marrow transplant unit.

Paula has been raising money for the project for five years since Jack died and the fund has now reached £71,842.

She is determined to continue until she hits her target £100,000 and is appealing to both her loyal supporters and new helpers to come up with some new efforts in 2014.

Paula said she had been delighted to see the playroom and conservatory.

“I believe the move was a little earlier than planned but it’s a hospital so nothing ever stops and the children need a playroom,” she said.

“ It was very emotional and I found it quite overwhelming to think that it will be in Jack’s memory. I was absolutely thrilled with the playroom and what has been achieved with the space. The conservatory is just the icing on the cake - the views over Bristol are amazing and the children love it. It’s taken five long years getting to £70k and I just need to keep going to get that last £30k.”

Two events are planned for next year so far - a clairvoyant evening and the annual fancy dress party.

Paula, who lives in Chesterfield Road, said: “If anyone is interested in taking part in any planned events like the Bristol 10k, Bath or Bristol half-marathon or skydive please let me know – it would be lovely to put together a ‘Team Jack’ at one or more of these events.

“I am very tempted to register for the Bath Half, which is on March 2, two days before what should have been Jack’s 15th birthday – only four months to train so does anyone fancy joining me?”

To support Jack’s Fund, visit www.justgiving.com/jackbanks

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