In memory of student Jack

A TALENT show staged at Wisbech Grammar School has helped to swell the funds raised in memory of a popular student who died from leukaemia to more than £11,000.

In the 11 months since 16 year-old Jack Thulborn lost his brave battle against the disease, the students have taken part in a mammoth series of money-spinning events to raise cash for the Ward C10 Comfort Fund at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where Jack was being treated, and the Teenage Cancer trust.

A ‘WGS has got talent’ evening featuring singing and piano soloists, a rock band, a Carpenters tribute act, a comedy sketch and a singing trio from the preparatory school, Magdalene House, raised more than £1400.

The audience of 120 parents and friends enjoyed champagne and canapés on their arrival, together with a home-made cake buffet at the interval.

The people’s vote went to the trio of singers, Jasmine Lemon (9), Eleanor Sloan (9) and Faye Thompsett (10), all from class J5M, who performed ‘My favorite things’ from ‘The sound of music’, and the judges’ choice was Madelaine Corney (15), who sang Nancy’s song, ‘As long as he needs me’, from ‘Oliver!’.

Fundraising events through the year have included a harvest fair and carol service and assembly collections, and the cash was boosted by donations which were given instead of presents at the 17th birthday party of Jack’s friend, Madeleine Boulton (17).

A 53-mile sponsored bicycle ride to Addenbrooke’s Hospital netted nearly £4,500 and the fearless foursome of boys who competed in the ‘Tough guy’ challenge at Perton in Staffordshire in January added more than £2,000 to the fund.

Another adventurous sixth former, Chloe Garner (16), made a further £1,000 with a sponsored parachute jump during the summer.

Charities co-ordinator Miss Jan Wildman said: “The evening of entertainment did indeed show that Wisbech Grammar School has got talent and we were extremely grateful to the generosity if the parents and friends.

“Overall, we have had a really long period of fund raising, which shows the depth of feeling for Jack, and it also shows the family nature of the school.

“We have been pleased that his parents, Mrs Trudy Hill and Mr Andrew Thulborn, together with his sister and brother, Chloe and James, and his stepmother, Tracey, have come into the school to support events and to take part in the handing over of money.”