Drive for final fundraiser in Jack’s name

Jack Robinson
Jack Robinson
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IT WILL be the final big fundraiser to remember the four-year-old boy who touched so many hearts.

A cabaret night has been organised in memory of Jack Robinson who died in April from a brain tumour.

The event has been organised by family friend Melissa O’Donnell.

She said: ‘We had started organising it when Jack was alive, but now we are holding it in his memory.

‘It will be a great, fun evening, and a final way to remember Jack publicly.’

Acts confirmed for the night include Kevin the Cruise from Britain’s Got Talent, comedian James Alderson and a circus act from Manic Street Production.

Money raised will be divided between three charities.

Two are Naomi House children’s hospice and Sam’s Haven, which aims to provide holidays for families of ill youngsters, and cash will also go to the Tree of Hope, which will donate it to Grace Shiers from Portchester – a five-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy and is raising funds to help her walk unaided.

Jack’s parents Terry and Marie, of Denmead, are urging people to buy tickets.

Marie, 41, said: ‘Not a day goes past without us thinking of Jack.

‘He will be in our memory for months and years, and we wanted to do one final fundraiser in his name.

‘We want to meet all the people who have supported us face-to-face and hope they can come along.

‘A lot of the previous events have been quite emotional, but we want this one to be fun.’

Jack lost his fight for life after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

He had a Star Wars-themed funeral, which included his coffin being carried in a horse-drawn carriage escorted by Stormtroopers.

The fundraising night takes place on Friday, May 23, at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Tickets cost £35, and include a three-course meal.