Seven year old Jack fulfils Riley’s fundraising wish
Inspired by his friend’s incredible selflessness, and in celebration of his life, Jack, aged 7, is donating his hair and raising funds for Hull Women and Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Unit at a fundraiser to be held at the Moulders Arms pub in Beverley.
Riley was a 15-year-old who inspired all those he met with his kind and generous nature. Riley sadly lost his baby cousins Mason and Miles in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Having witnessed the love care his cousins’ had received from staff, Riley was resolute in his decision to raise money to support and give back to the unit.
Riley had grown his hair in order to have it cut and donated to the Little Princess Trust, and planned on donating the funds raised to NICU. He had already raised £800.00. On Saturday 9th April, a year to the day that Riley tragically lost his life, Jack will be following in his friend’s footsteps and making his fundraising dream a reality. Jack idolised Riley and, through love and determination, has grown his hair so he can fulfil Riley’s wish of raising funds in support of a unit so close to his heart.
The event has already created a real buzz locally, with the whole community supporting Jack. Local companies, from the fish shop to Morrisons, have advertised and donated raffle prizes for the fundraiser. The event and hair cut is expected to raise a fantastic amount and both families are unbelievably proud of Jack and his resolve to create something positive and lasting in Riley’s memory.
When asked why he was cutting his hair, Jack answered, “I’m doing it for charity and for Riley to fulfil his wishes”.
Lisa Whitton from the WISHH Charity said, “We would like to wish the best of luck Jack in your incredible fundraising in Riley’s memory. You are already a true inspiration and the funds raised will help the Neonatal Team enhance the care of babies and families.”