Jack’s Fund is now above £122,500
Published on: 30 Jun 2015
IT'S great that Staple Hill will have a Shaun the Sheep statue in this summer's fundraising trail for Bristol Children's Hospital – because just up the road live some of the appeal's strongest supporters.
Paula Banks and her family have been raising money since their son Jack died in 2008 after four years of treatment for leukaemia at the hospital.
At the end of last year, they reached their £100,000 target, which funded a playroom and conservatory. But they didn't stop there: Jack's Fund currently stands at £122,511.
Paula said: “We continue to have fantastic support from people in Downend and Staple Hill and across Bristol, especially my colleagues at Osborne Clarke.
“We were one of the charities to benefit from the Frenchay 10k this year. I took part along with Jack's Grandad and my friend Lucy, whose son has been receiving treatment for many years for a brain tumour. I was absolutely thrilled to find out that the organisers sent a donation of £4,100 to Jack's Fund.
“A friend's son, Marcus Sealey, who is 14, had his head shaved at school and raised over £700 and our friend Matt Fenwick raised over £400 by taking part in the 'Zero to Hero' boxing challenge.”
The Shaun in the City trail, like the Gromit one two years ago, has been organised by the children's hospital's Grand Appeal.
Businesses and individuals are sponsoring 70 statues of the popular Aardman character, which will be placed around the city. The one in Fountain Square is sponsored by Top to Bottom.
Osborne Clarke is sponsoring a sculpture that will be placed outside the hospital, just up a little from the main entrance on Upper Maudlin Street.
Paula is busy recruiting colleagues as voluntary 'shepherds' to keep any eye on their Shaun. The firm is also planning fundraising events for Jack's Star Tribute Fund for the Grand Appeal throughout the trail, which runs from July 6 to August 31, including a drawing competition, raffle, treasure hunt, cake sale and guess the weight of Shaun.
“It will be seven years on July 23 since we lost our wonderful son,” said Paula. “I'm proud that the money we have raised is helping make life easier for other children diagnosed with the disease and for their families. I am determined to keep on supporting the fantastic work of the hospital and I am so grateful to everyone who continues to support us.”
The Bristol Shauns, as well as 50 more that were on show in London from March until May, will go on show in 'The Great Sheep Round Up’ at The Mall in Cribbs Causeway from September 12 to 20 and in Covent Garden from September 24-27. All sculptures will then be sold at auction on October 8 with money raised from the Bristol ones going to the Grand Appeal while proceeds from the London sculptures benefiting Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, which supports children’s hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
For more information on the trail visit www.shauninthecity.org.uk