Caring Jack raises £600 for cancer charity

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Jack Hargreaves and Hannah McDonald,, fundraising fpr Rosemere Cancer Foundation, at Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe

Photo Neil Cross Jack Hargreaves and Hannah McDonald,, fundraising fpr Rosemere Cancer Foundation, at Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe

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A Ribblesdale High School pupil has been praised for his determination and commitment after raising almost £600 for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Jack Hargreaves (15), of Brownlow Street, Clitheroe, organised a cake sale, two raffles and a “throw a wet sponge at a teacher” event, to raise funds for cancer sufferers – a cause close to his heart.

The fact that he was so willing to do this in his own time and that he has shown such commitment deserves recognition particularly with his GCSEs coming up

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Over the years, the Year 11 pupil’s life has been touched twice by cancer with his grandma Jenny Hargreaves dying of cancer and his great aunty Mandy Wilson, of Siddows Avenue, Clitheroe, suffering from breast cancer.

Thankfully Mandy has been in remission now for five years, but during her illness she received help and support from Rosemere.

The idea to raise money for a local charity first came about through Ribblesdale’s enrichment classes which are held for an hour and a half on Wednesdays.

Jack came up with the idea of raising money for Rosemere, but it was then decided that Year 11 students should not carry on with the enrichment classes due to their impending GCSE exams.

“Jack decided to carry on with this project in his own time,” explained Jack’s Year 11 English teacher Miss Abi Hewson.

“The fact that he was so willing to do this in his own time and that he has shown such commitment deserves recognition particularly with his GCSEs coming up.”

Jack, who is the son of Caroline and Andrew Hargreaves, called on the baking skills of his mum, his grandma Barbara Booth, of Chatburn, and his great aunty Mandy, who all supplied goodies for the cake sale held on the Friday that Sport Relief also took place. Pupils in Miss Hewson’s Year Eight class, 8J, also supplied cakes.

“We sold out of the cakes in 20 minutes,” said a proud Jack.

Over the last four weeks, Jack with the help of fellow school pupil Hannah McDonald (15), of Knunck Knowles, Clitheroe, who is also a Year 11 pupil, organised two raffles as well. The main prize in the first raffle was a signed Blackburn Rovers shirt, which Jack’s uncle Stephen Booth had taken the time to get signed by the players, and the other raffle had a range of prizes donated by local businesses sourced by Jack.

The final event was a “throw a wet sponge at a teacher” event, which soon developed into “throw a whole bucket of cold water over a teacher”.

Jack wants to thank fellow pupils who helped with the fundraising – Fizah Baloch, Erica Wallbank, Lily V-Williams and Chloe Harris.