Jack Robinson’s story inspired the community to help

Jack Robinson
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FROM fun days, to sparring against a boxing champion, non-uniform days, and a cycle challenge, the community got behind Jack Robinson.

Fundraisers of all shapes and sizes took place to raise money and help make his wishes come true.

A boxing event that was partly organised by Tony Oakey raised £5,000.

Adults and young people got the chance to spar against Tony, a former British, Commonwealth and WBU light-heavyweight star.

He said: ‘He was such a young boy and it’s a heartbreaking story, but what an inspiration he was.

‘The community got together to help make those wishes to come true.

‘When I heard the news, I texted Jack’s dad and said my heart goes out to them.

‘He said thank you to me for all I have done with fundraising.

‘But in this situation you feel like you can never do enough.

‘Like everyone else, I wanted to help out and give something back. The community spirit has been amazing.

‘Jack was a special lad and it’s devastating what’s happened.’

Other fundraisers included a charity Valentine’s Day ball, a family day at the Cowplain Activity Centre in Padnell Road, a charity night with a raffle at the Shepherds Crook pub, in Goldsmith Avenue, and a car wash held at The Rainbow Pub, in Milton Road, Cowplain.

It is thought the money raised will go towards Jack’s funeral.

Fundraising will still be taking place as 21 Pompey fans are gearing up for a cycle challenge.

They are cycling from Fratton Park to Bury, between April 23 and April 26.

The weekend is the last Pompey away game of the season.

Originally the money raised was going towards buying more community shares for the club.

But after hearing Jack’s story, it was decided half of the money raised would go to his family.

A target of £10,000 had initially been set.

But the riders have been overwhelmed with support, and so far more than £12,000 has been raised.

So the target has been increased to £20,000.

To find out more, visit ride2bury.co.uk/fundraising.php