Cheque presentation

Claire Croft (third from left) and Jake’s grandmother Karin McHardy (second from left) join college staff and students to hand the cheque to Cheryl Davidson from The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Barnsley College students have raised almost £2,000 for two excellent causes in memory of local boy Jake Croft.

Four-year-old Jake, from Grimethorpe, passed away in October 2014 after being diagnosed with advanced neuroblastoma, a rare form of aggressive cancer.

Students studying Health Sciences and Social Care Professions courses at the college donated £1548.43 to the Leukaemia and Oncology Research and Haematology and Oncology departments at Sheffield Children’s Hospital where Jake was treated.

The students also collected over £300 which was spent on a remembrance bench for Jake at Milefield Primary School where he was a pupil.

The students organised a wide range of events to raise the funds including sponsored walks, sponge throwing, fancy dress, selling flowers, ‘no make-up’ and ‘wear your pyjamas to college’ days and placed collection buckets in workplaces, pubs and cafés.

Jake’s mother Claire, a former Barnsley College student, said: “I would like to thank the staff and students at the college for the thoughtful efforts they made in raising funds for Jake’s remembrance bench and the substantial donation they made to Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Their selfless act in raising funds in memory of Jake has renewed hope and faith in people and they will always be in our thoughts.”

Cheryl Davidson, Community Fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “It is truly inspiring to see Barnsley College students supporting Claire through this difficult time while also raising money in memory of Jake. The money raised will make such a difference to the lives of so many children and young people from across the county and The Children’s Hospital Charity wouldn’t be able to continue working to make Sheffield Children’s Hospital better without this kind of support.”

Last updated: 27th September 2016

Originally posted on: 27th September 2016