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Jake Wood’s Story

08-Jan-2016 Jake Story

Jake Wood, a pupil at Ulverston Victoria High School, was just 11 years old when he started fundraising for St Mary’s Hospice. Jake came along to our hospice in Summer 2015, with our heart-warming pilot project of bringing in Penny Bridge primary school children to meet and be a ‘buddy’ to Day Care patients. The project ran over three weeks. Jake says: “What I enjoyed about coming here was how everyone bonded. I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like, whether it would be a bit awkward. But it was the complete opposite! It was fun and enjoyable. I thought it was amazing how staff were so kind to the patients and checking we were OK too.”

During this time Jake got along wonderfully with Alan. Jake explains: “Meeting Alan was brilliant! I brought him a present after – chocolates and a card - it meant a lot to him.”

In between being busy on the family farm and Jake’s other sports: as a keen footballer - including Barrow AFC Performance Centre, mountain biker and fell runner, the opportunity came up for Jake to do the Tour de Furness: “I wanted to do the Tour de Furness since I was little. I was inspired by my dad and wanted to go with dad and do the whole 50 miles, as he was going to do it this year. Because I had been to the hospice, and it had touched me, I thought I’d do it for St Mary’s Hospice.”

After Jake finished the course in an excellent time of 3 hours and 40 minutes Jake said “I could do it again! I was just doing my best and it helped that I was doing this for a good cause.” Jake’s proud mum Sharon added: “Jake did really well to achieve 50 miles.” Jake raised a fantastic £350 for St Mary’s Hospice, this enables patients like Alan to attend five day care sessions, or covers the petrol costs for 233 Hospice at Home visits! So you can see what a big difference this makes to reaching more people with more comfort, care and support. Day care and respite patient Nicola explains: “I also attend day care, as I can’t work this gives me some sort of structure and something to look forward to. I love it!”

Jake’s mum Sharon said: “We are very proud of Jake’s efforts and raising so much money for our local hospice.” Sharon also donated an additional £50 through her husband Tony, who kindly donated his fee from his nature and wildlife talks for the University Third Age (U3A). Big thank you to the whole family for their support, and especially to Jake an enthusiastic, chatty and generous young man.

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