Grand efforts give Jack's Fund a boost

Published on: 30 May 2017

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THE Downend charity Jack Banks Star Tribute Fund is within sight of its latest fundraising target for Bristol Children's Hospital.

Paula Banks and her family are aiming to pay for a £70,000 refurbishment of the bone marrow transplant area on the children's cancer ward.

This follows their feat of raising more than £100,000 for the hospital following the death of Jack from leukaemia in 2008 after four years of treatment there. 

The money raised has paid for a conservatory and playroom at the hospital as well as providing a jukebox, emergency palliative care bags, Wii fits and the popular Captain Jack's treasure chests, which contain toys and treats for young patients.

Paula said they were now about £10,000 away from the target for the isolation rooms upgrade. 

A third 'Pop Go the Legals' night at The Tunnels organised by her employers Osborne Clarke brought in £2,850.

Staff and customers at Porto Lounge in Fishponds have also been backing Jack's Fund, which is part of the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal. They have held bake sales, craft days and quizzes and smashed their £500 target.

Paula said she was delighted by all the support the fund continues to receive from local people.

“We are looking forward to this refurb,” she said. “ It  will make the rooms more welcoming for children by bringing in the same theme as the playroom and oncology areas of the unit as well as making the rooms more functional for the patients, their families and the medical team.”

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