Community teams up at event to remember Jack Boulton

Published on: 03 Jul 2015

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by Rosa Sherwood

An event held to celebrate the life of Saltford teenager Jack Boulton has raised £2,400 for charity.

Jack’s Day brought family, friends and the wider community together at Saltford Sports Club on Friday, May 29, in memory of the keen young sportsman.

The annual event, with football matches and entertainment, is held to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), a cause supported by Jack’s loved ones since his death at the age of 17 from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Despite morning thunderstorms and heavy showers, the sun was shining and the skies were blue just in time for the activities to begin.

Jack’s female friends kicked off the event at 6pm with their own football match. An entertaining game for everyone, the match finished with a 3-1 win to Boulton Wanderers.

Their match was followed by a more skilful version of the game with a local derby taking place between Keynsham Cricket Club and Saltford Football Club. After a competitive battle, Keynsham Cricket Club claimed victory with a 4-2 win. 

Live music was supplied by the band Robert Paterson & Guests and later in the evening from Axel Boy DJ.

During the evening, money for CRY was raised with a cake sale, T-shirt sale and the much-anticipated raffle and auction. Local businesses showed their support for the event with many donations of prizes to be won on the evening. Auction prizes included signed Arsenal and Man United shirts.

Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac arrest. Unfortunately it’s still a saddening statistic that every week in the UK, at least 12 young people die from undiagnosed heart conditions.

Over the years, money raised by Jack’s Day has gone towards heart screenings in Keynsham for young people to have their hearts tested for any deficiencies. The Jack Boulton memorial fund  has recently funded another free heart screening, which is taking place in July at Wellsway School. More information can be found at www.testmyheart.org.

  • Photo courtesy of Jekyll Photography

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