|The Jack Christmas Story
Last updated: 23-12-2011
£1,700 was awarded to 3 year old Jack Christmas in November 2011.
The money was raised from a Charity football match at HMP Wolds (see below) and the charity auctioned off a Shaun Briscoe match worn Hull KR shirt and sold some fundraising raffle tickets.
Jack’s Parents Tony and Dawn have also built up a good friendship with the Life For A Kid Foundation and Dawn visited the Life For a Kid Shop to meet charity patron Jono Lancaster.
The money raised meant Jack can have his Trike which Dawn and Tony have been working hard to fund.
We wish Jack all the best on his New Trike and were very happy to help.
OFFENDERS and prison staff joined forces to raise money for a severely disabled boy.
Jack Christmas, 3, cannot walk or talk and although some of his conditions are recognised, he also has an undiagnosed syndrome and is regularly seen by hospital specialists.
Prisoners and staff at HMP Wolds in Everthorpe raised £1,500 for Jack which will be put towards a special Trike to enable him to take part in more family activities.
Jack's mother Dawn Christmas, 38, of Greatfield, east Hull, said: "I think it's absolutely brilliant.
"We have had some thank you cards made with Jack's picture on the front. This is positive for the prison."
Jack and his family visited the prison to collect the cheque and meet those involved. The Trike costs £2,275 and, with money collected at other fundraising events, Dawn said Jack will have it by Christmas 2011.
In addition to the money raised by the offenders and staff, G4S, which runs the prison, donated £500, which will be given to the Life For A Kid Foundation.
The charity helps children who need life-changing or life-saving operations and equipment, including Jack.
Prisoners Michael Nixon and Warren Meecham approached staff to ask if they could organise events for Jack.
They heard about the foundation after completing a "fathers inside" course on parenting.
A raffle and auction was held, as well as a football match between staff and prisoners.
DVDs of the game, as well as team photographs, were sold alongside the raffle tickets to increase the total amount raised.
Michael, 34, said: "We sold more than 2,000 raffle tickets and it was hard work.
"But to stand here and see Jack, knowing we have done something for him, I feel proud."
Warren, 30, said: "Everyone was aware of what the event was about and it was all about what we could do for Jack.
"I took great pleasure in being able to do something constructive."
Prison custody officers Kev Gray and Chris Hill helped to organise the event and played in the football match.
Kev said: "It was about breaking down the barriers.
"There was a lot of fun and laughter in that game."
Chris said: "This goes to show good things come out of prisons.
"It's not always doom and gloom. They are making a big difference to Jack's life from inside prison walls."
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