It's a proud moment for Team Jack
Published on: 28 May 2016
FUNDRAISING for Bristol Children's Hospital in memory of Downend boy Jack Banks now totals more than £158,400.
Current efforts are focusing on financing the refurbishment of the isolation rooms, where bone marrow transplant patients spend their time.
Jack's mum Paula told Downend Voice: “There are 10 rooms in the isolation area and the initial estimate is that it will cost around £7k per room. Jack’s Fund has already raised over £42k towards the cost of this project.”
Paula, her husband Rob and their son Joe set up Jack's Star Tribute Fund for the Grand Appeal after Jack died in 2008, at the age of nine.
Their aim, which was realised last year, was to fund a conservatory and playroom at the hospital where Jack was treated.
Paula's workplace, Osborne Clarke, has just completed two years of support for the fund, with a huge range of activities that brought in £48,700.
Much of the rest of the money has come from the people of Downend and the surrounding area. Earlier this year, Paula and her stepdad Mike joined Jack's best friend Liam and his dad Pete and brother Michael in tackling the Bath Half Marathon.
Paula said: “It was a challenging run but I am very happy to say that all of Team Jack completed the course. It took sheer guts for Liam to get round the course but he was determined to do it in Jack's memory. It was a very proud and emotional moment to see him cross that finish line, raising an amazing £3,576 for Jack’s Fund.”
Paula turns 50 later this year and has launched a challenge for people to each raise £50 in 50 days.
It has already brought in more than £6,000 through events including running, walking over hot coals, no social media for 50 days, a cream tea day, cycling, selling cakes and a head shave.
The Grand Appeal is marking its 21st anniversary. To find out more about its work in raising more than £40million, visit www.grandappeal.org.uk
To support Jack's Fund, go to www.justgiving.com/jackbanks