On January 24th, the parents of four year old Jack Robinson heard the news that every parent dreads – Jack had an inoperable brain tumour and was given just a 5% chance of survival. Jack had been rushed to hospital six days previously and underwent life-saving surgery to remove part of the tumour and fluid from his brain.
After an agonising wait, his parents were told that the rest of the tumour was inoperable and that Jack was unlikely to survive. Determined to give him the best possible quality of life in the time he has left, Jack’s family has been on a mission to fulfill as many of his wishes as they can.
The response has been staggering, helped by stories in the Portsmouth Evening News and The Daily Mail, as celebrities and members of the public have rallied round to grant Jack’s wishes. Doctor Who star Matt Smith sent Jack a personal video message from Texas and pledged to visit him in person when he’s back in the country.
Jack has also received a visit from Gary Barlow, another hero of his and twin brother Liam’s. Friends and well-wishers have donated time, money, raffle prizes and much more. There have already been numerous fundraising events, raffles and auctions, with plenty more in the pipeline, including a Robbie Williams tribute night.
Amongst the hundreds of items donated so far are a brand new guitar, signed by various celebrities and a Boyzone album signed by Ronan Keating. If you’d like to get involved with fundraising or offer your support, you can contact the Fight for Jack via their Facebook page Jacks wishes donations x
Jack is currently residing part time at the Naomi House Hospice and his family have asked that any donations be made to the hospice via their donations page.
Printware is proud to do its small part to help the Fight for Jack with the donation of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and a Samsung colour printer to be used as raffle prizes at the Robbie Williams night.
If you’re interested in attending the event, it’s being held on Sunday, March 30th at the Scarlett Rose School of Dance in London Road, Portsmouth. For ticket information, call Michaela on 07798 695311.
by Anthony Morgan