A MAMMOTH fundraising effort has been staged at Wisbech Grammar School to commemorate sixth form student Jack Thulborn, who lost his brave fight against leukaemia at the age of 16.
A series of money-raising events at the school, together with the collection from the funeral service in December, have netted more than £6,400 and the proceeds are being split between the Ward C10 Comfort Fund at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where Jack was being treated, and the Teenage Cancer Trust, as well as helping to fund a circular tree seat at the school in his memory.
A fearless foursome of sixth form students raised more than £2,000 by competing in the ‘Tough guy’ challenge at Perton in Staffordshire and one sixth form student and close family friend, Madeleine Boulton, who has just celebrated her 17th birthday, handed over £150 after asking for donations instead of presents at her birthday party.
Collections at the carol services at the senior school and Magdalene House, together with the sixth form carol singing around the classrooms, brought in more than £1,000.
And a fund-raising party held at Mendi’s in Wisbech by Brad-Lewis Mortimer (17), which boosted the fund to the tune of more than £470, will help to pay for a commemorative circular tree seat which he has designed for the garden at the school’s new sixth form centre.
The collection at the funeral raised more than £2,600 and a further £90 was donated at a more recent family funeral.
Headmaster Nicholas Hammond said that the tragedy had shocked the school into action and the occasion of the cheque hand-over presented a chance to remember Jack and to celebrate the hard work that had been done in his memory.
Mr Hammond said: “It became very clear that amongst the pupil body there was an enormous desire to do something practical and the students have surpassed my expectations.”
He added that the school now wanted to continue to support charities that did such excellent work for those who were unfortunate enough to encounter teenage cancer.
Jack’s mother, Trudy Hill, said: “The amount of money which has been given is unbelievable, not only from Jack’s funeral but also from his many friends at Wisbech Grammar School.
“And we would particularly like to thank the ‘tough guys’ for their determination to finish the course and to raise as much money as possible.
“We would also like to thank his closest friends, who have raised money through arranging parties and also giving their birthday money to a well deserving cause. Jack was certainly very popular and a much loved character and he is missed more each and every day.”