Five-year-old Jack Haynes from Rednal has been named the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity (BCHC) Champion of the week.
The charity have many people who support and fundraise for them and each week they like to share the story of these selfless individuals and highlight the difference they make.
Jack is one of those selfless individuals who organised (with a little help from his family!) a fundraising evening and raised £1,120 for the charity. With Mum Louise, Dad Jonathan and of course Jack wanting to say thank you for the care he had received, Nanny Josie had the idea to host a charity night with her husband Martin in their garden pub for family and friends.
In August 2015 Jack, who attends Colmers Farm Infant School, suffered a brain haemorrhage and was diagnosed with a condition called Arteriovenous Malformation (an abnormal connection between arteries and veins) in January 2016. As a result, this brave little Aston Villa fan has check-ups at the hospital every six months.
He is currently awaiting radiotherapy treatment in Sheffield.
Mum Louise said: “Jack carries on with life as normal and is always smiling”
“We would also like to say how grateful we are to my parents Geoff & Barbara Morris who Jack was with at the time of his haemorrhage. Thanks to their quick actions they saved his life getting him to the hospital so quickly for which we are eternally grateful”
“It was a huge shock to discover that Jack has a brain AVM, especially as it’s very rare in children, but it was wonderful to raise money for a great cause whilst enjoying a lovely evening of entertainment too.
“Hopefully Jack’s fundraising will make a big difference to other children like him who visit Birmingham Children’s Hospital and will act as a massive thank you to Jack’s Neurosurgeon, Mr Desiderio Rodrigues, who saved his life.”
Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at BCHC said: “It is always lovely to hear that the care and treatment our hospital delivers everyday inspires families to fundraise and we would like to say a huge thank you to inspirational Jack and his family for their wonderful donation.
“The money they have raised will help to improve the lives of our brave children and their families in our Neurology, Intensive Care and Liver Units.”
We know that Jack loves Spider-Man, but we at B31 Voices think you Jack – are the real Superhero.
For more information about the BCHC, please click here