Jack's sponsored sleepout in memory of his baby brother
A nine-year-old boy is to camp out in his garden to raise money for the hospice which cared for his baby brother before he died.
Jack Walsworth, of Cleckheaton, is raising money for the Huddersfield-based Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in memory of his brother, Myles Wood.
Myles was born with a rare, life-threatening condition which left him with no pulmonary arteries.
He was very sick throughout his short life and died last December at the age of just 19 months.
Jack will camp out in a tent in his garden on Saturday (April 3) “for as long as he can”. He set a target of £200 and has reached it already.
In a letter to the Spenborough Guardian explaining why he wanted to do the challenge, Jack wrote: “This charity is very close to my heart as they have helped my family in a really difficult time.
“Back in December we lost my baby brother, Myles, to a heart condition. He was very poorly from birth and fought a hard battle for 19 months. But, sadly, in December he lost this fight.
“My family are very grateful for all that the hospice did for us and continue to do for many other people in such hard and difficult circumstances.
“I am therefore taking part in this challenge in memory of Myles and to say a huge thank you to all of those that helped him and my family.”
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice cares for children with a life-shortening condition and their families, providing services such as hospice at home, crisis care, bereavement support and end of life care.
Jack and Myles’ mum, Kelly Emmerson, said she was also proud of her daughter Elsie, who won a colouring competition through the Forget Me Not charity and received a certificate from Princess Beatrice of York, a patron of the hospice.
To donate to Jack’s fundraiser, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jack-walsworth.