Fight for raise funds for Jack’s last wishes steps up at fun day

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FUNDRAISERS joined forces to host a fun day in aid of four-year-old Jack Robinson.

Bad weather that struck the south coast during the weekend held off yesterday as dozens of people enjoyed the vent at The Rainbow pub in Milton Road, Cowplain.

Organisers and Waterlooville firemen at the fun day at the Rainbow Pub in Waterlooville to raise money for Jack Robinson. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14475-5)

Organisers and Waterlooville firemen at the fun day at the Rainbow Pub in Waterlooville to raise money for Jack Robinson. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14475-5)

The money raised will be donated to help identical twin Jack’s dreams come true.

Denmead Infant School pupil Jack was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour last month.

Irene Martin landlady of The Rainbow pub, said the fundraiser started when local resident Sian Hillman approached the pub and asked to borrow the car park for a charity car wash.

The community clubbed together and the result was a fun-packed event with a tombola, magician, cakes and sweets fire engines, and charity car wash and limousine rides, live music among other attractions.

Duncan Warwood with neice Zoe Bainbridge ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14475-2)

Duncan Warwood with neice Zoe Bainbridge ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14475-2)

Sian Hillman, 25, said: ‘We just wanted to do something for Jack.

‘We all did it together. It’s just got bigger and bigger and bigger.

‘It just went crazy from day one – everyone started giving us stuff.’

Lucy Gumbrell, 20, donned a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of local firm Akorn Construction, which she is wearing for 48 hours.

Jack Robinson

Jack Robinson

The company pledged £1,000 to the appeal for Jack if she completes the challenge, which she has vowed to do.

Bar manager Emma Blythe said: ‘Everything that is here has been donated.’

Members of the Denmead branch of the TS Alacrity Junior Cadet Corps also did their bit, raising more than £113 at a quiz on Saturday night.

They attended yesterday’s event and took part in the charity car wash, as well as running a tombola stall.

Lt Commander Pat Smith said: ‘All of the kids were up for coming. This just shows there are good kids out there.’