Fundraising efforts to support little Jack

Family and fundraisers with Jack Sowden
Family and fundraisers with Jack Sowden

Friends, family and strangers are taking on fundraising challenges to help give a little boy the childhood he deserves.

Four-year-old Jack Sowden was diagnosed with a rare muscle wasting disease in April meaning he will likely be in a wheelchair by the age of 10.

Rachel Young who is to have her head shaved, and Jack is making an early start

Rachel Young who is to have her head shaved, and Jack is making an early start

People from Pocklington and further afield have got behind Jack and have been donating to raise funds so his family can create many happy memories.

Mum, Claire Sowden only met Rachel Young, who had her head shaved to raise funds for Jack, in the last few weeks and she has been touched by the support of both friends, family and strangers.

She said: “There are three people getting their chest waxed and my dad, Barry Sowden, is dyeing his hair blue. My uncle and his friend, Frank Sowden and Malcolm Scott, are both doing Movember.”

Claire has received donations from people from Pocklington and further afield.

More than £900 has been donated to their online go fund me page, her friend Paul Umpleby raised £2,600 and her aunty has donated £1,000.

One man got in touch with the Pocklington Post and donated £250 to Jack’s cause.

Claire added: “It is horrible for us but for so many people that we don’t even know to donated is amazing. Everyone seems to be joining together.”

A Pocklington pub, the Cross Keys, is holding a fundraiser and its staff are taking on sponsored challenges to support the fundraising effort.

Sarah Bullock, manager at Cross Keys, said: “We decided to do a charity day and I remembered one of our good customers told me about her Godson Jack so I put it across about our charity day and spoke to Jack’s mum Claire and it went from there.

“I met Jack and he was running around with my little boy and it just broke my heart to think he wouldn’t be able to do that forever. He was full of joy. I am a mother too and could not imagine what Claire is going through so we want to raise money to let them make as many memories possible together.”

The team have raised around £1,200 so far but some of the sponsored money is still to be collected.

Staff and customers are raising funds by being sponsored for various challenges.

Rachel Young has had her head shaved having raised more than her £750 total.

Chef Wayne Gascoyne customer James Ombler and Paul Stevenson are all taking on the brave challenge of getting their chests waxed.

While regular Suzi Ferrer Keld will take on a four-hour sponsored silence.

The Cross Keys will also be hosting a charity day on Sunday November 27 from 4pm to 7pm with various fundraisers.

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