Paula sets new target after fund in memory of Jack tops £60,000

Published on: 04 Jul 2013

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DOWNEND mum Paula Banks had hoped to see the children’s hospital fund in memory of her son Jack top £60,000 by the end of the year.

But that total has been exceeded already – so now Paula is aiming to reach £65,000 before December 31.

The eventual target is £100,000 to pay for a playroom and conservatory as part of a major expansion of Bristol Children’s Hospital, where Jack died at the age of nine after more than four years of treatment for leukaemia.

As reported in previous editions of Downend Voice, a team of runners competed in the Bristol 10K in aid of Jack’s Star Tribute Fund for the hospital’s Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal and five supporters took part in a skydive.

Now a Ladies Night is planned at the Pomphrey Hill Sports Pavilion on Friday July 5. Tickets are on sale at £10 each for the event, which includes a buffet and disco as well as “girlie” treats and treatments.

Paula said: “This was a really successful evening last year and I am sure this year’s will be just as brilliant. Big thanks to my sister, Emily and her friend Gemma for organising this again.”

You can pay for tickets online via (make sure your message states it’s for the Ladies Night). This is also the address for donations to the fund.

Another date for the diary is September 13, when a Themed Fancy Dress Night will be held at the same venue.

The Banks family have been raising money for the hospital since Jack died in 2008. The fund provides “Captain Jack’s treasure chests”, pirate-themed toy boxes from which children facing unpleasant and scary medical procedures choose a gift. It has also given Wii-fit boards, DVDs, Xbox 360 games and emergency palliative care kits.

Paula is keen to fund the playroom in Jack’s memory and also the conservatory, which she knows from experience will make a big difference for the the children and parents who have to spend weeks in isolation while being treated at the hospital.

The Grand Appeal will be in the spotlight this summer thanks to the Gromit Unleashed trail – 80 five-foot high decorated Gromits in prominent spots around Bristol, which you can read about on page 15 of  this issue.

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