School boy remembers ‘best friend’ by supporting St Catherine’s
Jack Millar, alongside auntie, Marilyn, made 31 beautiful butterfly broaches to sell for St Catherine’s Hospice – selling them at £5 each.
Jack sold all 31 broaches in no time to family and friends, and told St Catherine’s his motivation for raising money for the hospice.
“I did it for my best friend, Grandma,” said Jack, whose Grandmother, Helen Swift, died of pancreatic and liver cancer at St Catherine’s in June.
“She was the best Grandma in the world and I love and miss her very much. We used to have such fun together making things and painting pictures, and she used to let me eat lots of chocolate, and best of all, we used to keep very funny secrets!”
Jack, who came to the hospice to collect his medal just a few days before starting school again, not only loves coming to St Catherine’s, he also loves paying The Mill café a visit for a tasty treat.
“I like the gardens and I love the scones at The Mill!” added Jack with a huge smile on his face.
“I’ve met the nurses and I’ve seen the room Grandma was in, and we always like to light a candle in the chapel for her when we come here.”
As well as the funds collected through the broaches, money was raised through Helen’s house clearance and donations at her funeral, accumulating more than £1,000 for St Catherine’s.
Jack sends all of his books, toys and clothes to St Catherine’s shops, and is now looking at other ways how he can raise money for his local charity.
His mum, Claire, said: “We are really proud of Jack, and his Grandma would be very proud of him. We’re going to keep fundraising for the hospice and we’re trying to come up with some new ideas of how we can show our support.”
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