Schoolboy takes steps to raise funds

03 September 2014

A SCHOOLBOY from Atherton has walked five miles pushing a trolley to raise funds for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Jack Welshman

Photo (left to right) Hospice Lottery Assistant, Sue Longmire; Alison Govan, Senior Staff Nurse; Jack Welshman; Ben Parsons; Joanne Tomlinson; Rose Davis, Hospice In Your Home Team Leader and Lottery Officer, Annette Unsworth.

Jack Welshman, 11, pushed a shopping trolley from his home to the Hospice on Kildare Street in memory of his dad, Mark Welshman.

Mark, from Tyldesley, died of cancer in the Hospice aged 49 in March 2012. Since then Jack has dedicated himself to fundraising for the Hospice which cares for local people with life-limiting illnesses.

Jack set out at 11am on Thursday, August 21, accompanied by a group of friends and family including his mum Joanne and friend Ben Parsons, 11, who completed the walk with him.

Along the way Jack collected donations in his trolley from well-wishers, including several businesses in Atherton, before arriving at the Hospice just after 2pm. The donated items, including others given by friends and family, will be raffled off by Jack to raise even more funds.

He also completed the same walk in 2013, held a sponsored read in 2012 and ran a stall at the Hospice Garden Party in August. Following his latest sponsored walk Jack, who will attend Fred Longworth High School from September, has raised over £2,000 in total.

Jack said: "People were saying well done and good luck along the way and that really helped me. My dad died of cancer so I decided I wanted to do something for the Hospice every year.
"My mum had a dream about having a sponsored trolley push. I asked Tesco in Atherton to lend me a trolley and they sponsored me to push it - the most difficult bit of the walk was pushing it up the kerb."

Jack's mum Joanne Tomlinson said: "Jack's dad Mark spent 10 days in the Hospice and Jack was worried at first about coming in. When he did come in it was such a friendly place he said it was like having another family at the Hospice. He's been back since and every time he does he gets made a fuss of.
"I'm so proud of him, he's done really well and everyone keeps sending me messages saying what a star he is."

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