Jack’s Run to Remember in Wainfleet raises £3,000 for St Barnabas Hospice

Charitable entrants in Jack Covill-Lowndes' Run 2 Remember fundraiser in aid of the St Barnabas Hospice.
Charitable entrants in Jack Covill-Lowndes' Run 2 Remember fundraiser in aid of the St Barnabas Hospice.

An inspirational young Wainfleet boy says he has achieved his dreams after raising thousands for the charity which supported his dying mother during her final days.

Jack Covill-Lowndes, 10, raised a phenomenal £3,000 for the St Barnabas Hospice during Saturday’s Run 2 Remember event - with more in sponsorship still to arrive.

“I had a dream and I achieved it,” said Jack, who is extremely proud of the event.

Jack lost his mother Steph to cancer seven years ago and decided to arrange a fundraiser on the anniversary of her death to say thanks for the support his family received during that traumatic time.

Hundreds of participants, young and old, turned out to take part in the three lap sponsored run around the Magdalen School field in Wainfleet, each raising at least £3, with under 16s receiving a medal for their efforts.

Musical entertainment came from ‘Joni’, ‘Nikita’ and ‘The Bon Jovi Experience’ who were only too keen to support such an inspirational venture.

“He is an example to us all - and is a boy who certainly ‘Kept the Faith’,” said The Bon Jovi Experience, referencing one of their popular covers.

Other attractions on the day included a number of stalls offering glitter tattoos, face-painting, and hair braiding for donations to the cause.

There was also a lucky dip and raffles featuring lots of great prizes as well as a barbecue, bouncy castle and many other attractions to keep the younger visitors entertained.

The St Barnabas Hospice was astounded by how much the event raised and incredibly grateful to Jack for all his efforts.

“When I heard what a phenomenal sum the event raised all I could say was ‘wow’,” said St Barnabas fundrasier, Chris Fox.

“I know they have worked very hard towards the event and Jack in particular deserves a lot of praise for what he has done.

“This will go a long way in supporting what St Barnabas does along the coastal area and, on behalf of the charity, I would like to say a massive thank you to Jack.”

Jack’s family have also expressed their delight at the event’s success.

“I’m so proud of him,” said Jack’s guardian, Tamara Lowndes.

“People are already asking him to organise it again next year.”

To donate online visit www.justgiving.com/run2remember13.