Nine-year-old boy raises £660 for late dad's hospice
A NINE-year-old boy has stepped out to raise funds for the hospice that cared for his dad.
When Jack Welshman’s father Mark died in March last year, he decided to start raising money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
Now the Atherton St Philip’s CE Primary School pupil has raised £660 by walking almost seven miles with his mum Joanne Tomlinson from his home in Atherton to the Hindley hospice.
Ms Tomlinson, of Hunt Street, said: “I think fundraising helps Jack cope with the loss of his dad and the hospice is a very important place for him. He still goes there and I think he feels secure there.
“He doesn’t get upset because all the staff are like an extended family and everyone knows him.
“The atmosphere there is great. He didn’t want his dad to go there at first but visiting changed his mind.”
Jack wants to hold a fundraiser every year so he can keep donation more money.
Ms Tomlinson added: “He wants to do something different every year. Even if he does a sponsored walk again he said he would walk it backwards. We just want to thank everyone who donated money because it is a good cause and without donations like this they wouldn’t be here to carry on the great work they do.”
Jack has raised more than £1,000 in total for the hospice so far.
“Everyone in the community knows Jack now and they are so supportive,” said Ms Tomlinson.
“It was initially just going to be me and Jack walking it but a few friends came and walked with us just to show their support and help Jack, even though they weren’t being sponsored.”
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