Jake’s winning idea to help hospice

August 29 2018
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WHEN eight-year-old Jake Wilcox wanted to raise money for Children's Hospice South West, he knew he had plenty of family members to turn to for advice.

For Jake's relations have raised thousands of pounds for the hospice over the years, taking part in gruelling cycle rides, 10K runs, climbing mountains and even braving heights of 15,000ft to take part in a hair-raising sky dive.

Now it was Jake's turn to do his bit. The Mangotsfield Primary School pupil, decided he would run a tombola stall outside his grandparents' house in Emersons Green.

Mum Louise advertised the event on social media which ensured Jake had a steady stream of customers on the day, raising a whopping £261.

The family have been raising money for the hospice after staff there cared for Louise's brother Jack, who was profoundly deaf with Down's Syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Jack was permanently fostered by Louise's parents, Sandie and Jim, after coming to the family when he was two. He died at the hospice in 2013 at the age of eight.

Louise, who lives in Mangotsfield, said: "Jake said he wanted to raise some money for the hospice and came up with the idea of the tombola by himself."

Jake, who has two brothers, Dylan, 10, and Olly, 12, took months collecting items, carefully stuck all the labels on, made a colourful sign and baked cakes for the day.

Louise, a teacher at Lyde Green Primary School, said: "Jake had been building up to it for ages and couldn't wait to do things. He literally did everything. When the day came he was so excited to run the stall and count the money up knowing he was giving it to the hospice. 

"Jake was three when Jack died so Jack had always been there since the day he was born. Jake remembers the hospice being involved and has always been around a lot of people from his family who have raised money for the hospice. 

"Jake recognises how important their work is and how the money we raise will help children with shorter lives."

The family's fundraising record for the children's hospice is pretty impressive. Louise has run the Bristol 10K twice and has organised a comedy and entertainment evening with mum Sandie.

Louise's brother Liam Davis, who lives in Soundwell, climbed Kilimanjaro and took part in a tough three-day cycle ride from Cornwall to the hospice.

Her sister Charley did the same cycle ride but in a different year, and Louise's sister Kate Owens and sister-in-law Abbi Davis took part in a sky dive, jumping the highest you can jump without oxygen.