Jack inspires fundraising day to remember

Published on: 07 Jun 2013

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by Rosa Sherwood

Family, friends and supporters came together in memory of Saltford teenager Jack Boulton for a day of sporting fun and fundraising.

Jack’s Day was held at Saltford Sports Club, where an army of volunteers helped his parents Dave and June organise the event in aid of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Jack, a keen young sportsman and Wellsway pupil, died at the age of 17 in 2009 as a result of sudden cardiac arrest – and his family and supporters have since raised £40,000 to highlight the condition and the need for screening.

The event on May 25 saw a local derby football match between Keynsham Cricket Club and Saltford Football Club who battled it out to a 4-4 draw but Saltford eventually led their team to victory on penalties. Jack’s female friends then took to the pitch in a game that led to a friendly 1-1 draw with no penalties. Keynsham Cricket Club and Saltford FC at Jack's Day

The wind made its presence felt on the day, tearing off around one quarter of the sports club’s roof just hours before the event was due to begin but organisers and volunteers rallied around removing debris and fixing a leak so the event was unaffected, with a bouncy castle and barbecue going ahead as planned.

A cake sale and T-shirt sale on the night also brought in extra funds while many local businesses offered their support by providing prizes for the raffle, which was followed by an auction. Bidding wars ensued for Olly Woodburn’s signed Bath Rugby shirt, a Bristol City shirt signed by Marcus Stewart and the big prize of the evening – an Audi A5 for the weekend, which fetched £400.

In total through the raffle, auction, barbecue and sponsorship, £3,500 was raised – enough to provide at least 209 heart screenings to be held at Wellsway School next July, another step towards raising awareness and support for CRY.

Jack’s father Dave will be cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats with a group of friends from June 29 on the CRYRide and is hoping to raise more than £10,000. To find out more and to donate, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/cryride.

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