Gary Barlow makes boy’s dream come true

Jack Robinson, left, and his twin brother Liam
Jack Robinson, left, and his twin brother Liam

From broken bones to new beginnings

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TAKE That star Gary Barlow is helping make a four-year-old boy’s wishes come true.

Jack Robinson has been given a five per cent chance of survival after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour less than two weeks ago.

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow

One of his wishes is to meet Take That frontman and X Factor judge Gary Barlow.

And yesterday, the star confirmed he would meet Jack, of Bere Road, in Denmead.

Jack, who is in Southampton General Hospital, said: ‘I am really happy I am going to get to meet him.’

Since Jack’s diagnosis, his parents Marie, 41, and Terence, 47, along with sisters Danielle, 21, Christina, 18, Natalie, 14, and identical twin brother Liam, of Bere Road, Denmead, want to make Jack’s dreams come true.

Mr Robinson, a machinist, said: ‘We are completely taken aback with Gary Barlow’s response.

‘It’s made Jack so happy, and we want to thank those who helped arrange it.’

Mr Barlow’s management company Dawbell confirmed a date is being arranged.

A spokesman said: ‘We have been in contact with Jack’s family, and arranging a time to meet up.’

Jack, who goes to Denmead Infants School, showed signs of feeling sleepy and tired on Friday, January 17.

When his mother couldn’t rouse him, she checked his eyes to find one pupil had become extremely enlarged, and his breathing was irregular.

Jack was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, where a CT scan found a brain tumour.

He was then taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he had a life-saving operation and had fluid drained from his brain.

After an MRI scan, Jack then underwent a five-hour operation, where surgeons were able to remove 40 per cent of the tumour.

After six agonising days of waiting, specialists then concluded the rest of his tumour was inoperable.

Now he is being treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy to make the quality of his life better.

Scores of people have come forward to help fundraise and make Jack’s wishes come true.

Mr Robinson added: ‘I just want to say thank you again to everyone who has got involved.

‘It’s tremendous and means so much to us.’

GENEROUS OFFERS KEEP ON ROLLING IN FOR JACK

MORE fundraisers and acts of kindness are coming in for the Robinson family.

Here’s another round-up of what’s going on:

· Aqua Cars have paid for a driver and four tickets to Paultons ParK, which includes a free lunch.

· For a month, Jenny’s Cafe, in Fawcett Road, Southsea, will be donating every penny from every cup of tea sold. And money from tips will be donated to the family.

· A charity night with a raffle is also being hosted at the Shepherds Crook pub, in Goldsmith Avenue, on March 1.

· A non-uniform day at Demead Infants and Junior schools will be held on Friday, February 14.