July 31, 2014 1.20 pm This story is over 117 months old

Lincolnshire boy raises £1.5k for St Barnabas in mum’s memory

Young inspiration: Eleven-year-old Jack Covill-Lowndes raised money for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, who cared for his mother in her final days.

Eleven-year-old Jack Covill-Lowndes smashed his £1,000 fundraising target when he arranged a charity run in memory of his mum, who died of cancer.

Jack, from Wainfleet in Lincolnshire, organised a Run to Remember event on June 21, to which hundreds of participants joined in.

He took part in the event at Magdalen School field in Wainfleet and raised over£1,500 for life-limiting illness charity St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.

Each runner paid a £3 registration fee and completed a minimum of three laps.

The event also included a number of stalls offering balloon modelling and ice-cream, plus a bouncy castle and raffle.

All money raised on the day was donated directly to the charity.

Jack’s own personal loss has inspired him to fundraise for the hospice.

Sadly in 2006 Jack’s mother died of cancer when he was just three years old, and it was the hospice who cared for her in her final days.

Jack said: “My mum was very poorly and couldn’t get better but the caring people at St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice helped a lot.

“I want to thank them because my mum can’t. I wanted to raise some money for people who really need it and at the same time keep my mum’s memory alive.”

Jack’s aunt and guardian, Tamara Lowndes said: “The day was absolutely amazing. Lots of people, lots of smiles, lots of laughs and lots of tears but most of all lots of pennies donated!

“I would like to thank every single person who supported Jack on the day and also whilst he was busy planning Run to Remember. There are too many to thank individually, so to everyone a massive thank you.”

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice was delighted to hear that the fundraiser had been such a success and are grateful for Jack’s continued support.

Chris Fox, Community Events Fundraiser for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said: “Jack may only be eleven years old but already he has shown what a driven and selfless young man he is.

“On behalf of everyone at St Barnabas I would like to thank Jack and his family, every penny raised will help us to continue to care for seriously ill people across Lincolnshire.”

There’s still time to donate on Jack’s JustGiving page here.