Parents raise cash in Jack’s memory

Ripley Couple Son's Tragic Death. Mel and Julie Parkin.
Ripley Couple Son's Tragic Death. Mel and Julie Parkin.

THE parents of a six-year-old Ambergate boy who died after a year-long fight with leukaemia have helped raise over £5,000 for charities.

Jack Parkin was diagnosed with acute myloid leukaemia on Christmas Day 2009 and received several months of chemotherapy treatments before he died in January this year.

All proceeds will be split between PASIC (Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children) – which supports the families of children and young people diagnosed with cancer, leukaemia and brain tumours – and ward E38 of the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Mum Julie, who runs a long established motorcycle spare parts business in Ripley with her husband Mel, said: “Donations keep coming in all the time and the more we can get the better. I would like to buy some equipment for the ward with a plaque in memory of Jack.

“There weren’t enough syringe drivers on the ward for all the patients, so I would like to get some more.”

Julie added: “It’s such a horrible disease. It is normally found in people over 60. We have lost Jack but if we can help somebody else, then that’s what it’s all about.”

Mel, Julie and Jack’s sisters Hollie (18), Jasmine, 16, Ella, 16, and brother Adam, 17, want to thank everyone who has helped raise cash.

Julie said: “A big thankyou to our friend Kate Turner who ran a kilo marathon on March 27 last year – 16 miles from Nottingham to Derby, raising £3,000 for Children with Leukaemia. Kate will also be doing the London Marathon in April this year for the same cause.

“If anyone would like sponsor Kate, she can be contacted on 07977 920619.”

To contribute call Julie on 01773 570040 between 9am and 3pm.