A teenager from Wainfleet, whose life has been touched by a double tragedy after losing both parents, is organising a charity fun run in their memory.
Inspirational 13-year-old Jack Covill-Lowndes started raising money for charity when he was still a pupil at Magdalen Primary School in memory of his mum, Steph, who lost her fight with terminal cancer when he was just three years old.
In 2013, he won the Skegness Standard Champion Child Achiever award and was immortalised in Lego after being hailed as a ‘true life hero’ in a competition run by Chat Magazine.
However, next month’s Run to Remember will not only be to raise money to thank St Barnabas Hospice for helping Jack’s mum when he couldn’t, it will also be in memory of his dad, Tony, who died suddenly on May 31 last year from a heart attack.
Tamara Lowndes, who is Jack’s aunt and legal guardian, said: “Jack’s mum Steph died on June 8, 2006, and his dad, Tony, passed away May 31 last year. The event, Run to Remember, is like an anniversary for both of them as it is being held on June 4.
“I am so proud of Jack. He is so brave and everyone is so amazed at him.”
Jack, who attends Skegness Grammar School, said: “I chose to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire because they helped my mum when I couldn’t as I was only three when she passed away.
“This will be my third charity event I have organised and I hope it will be the best.
“I would love to raise £4,000 or more because this year I am also giving money to St Barnabas Hospice and British Heart Foundation in memory of my dad who passed away last year.
“People say my parents will be proud of me, I really hope that’s true!
“I enjoy seeing people smile and I like to help those who are less fortunate than I am. Thank you to everyone who supports me!”
The fundraising event takes place at Wainfleet Magdalen School on Saturday, June 4, at 10am, with the run starting at 11am.
There will be bouncy castles and entertainment from Stefan Michaels, Wainfleet Warriors cheer team, Magdalen school choir and Skegness Silver Band.
Twist and Make will be doing balloon models and refreshments will be provided by Huskys ices and a doughnut stand.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the charities can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/run-to-remember16
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