Back our Jack: Boots collection helps raise cash for South Shield’s disabled boy

Jack Smith with his dad Mark.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Jack Smith with his dad Mark.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Shoppers have been chipping in to help make a disabled South Tyneside’s boys life easier.

Jack Smith’s family are trying to raise £20,000 to create a downstairs bedroom and bathroom at their Whiteleas home in South Shields.

Jack Smith with his dad Mark.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Jack Smith with his dad Mark.'Picture by Jane Coltman

The four-year-old has a number of medical conditions, including vision and hearing loss, epilepsy and cerebral palsy, after he suffered brain damage at birth.

However, as Jack grows it’s become more of a struggle for his parents Debbie Patterson and Mark Smith to carry him around the house.

They’ve received a £30,000 Government grant through South Tyneside Council – of which £8,000 has to be spent on fees and plans – but the extension will cost in the region of £50,000.

In a bid to help, the Gazette launched the Back Our Jack campaign last month and already a number of kindhearted readers have shown their support.

This is a massive help towards the target

Debbie Patterson, Jack’s mum

The most recent £500 donation has came from staff at Boots in King Street in South Shields.

Debbie said: “I used to work at Boots years ago when I was studying and still stayed in touch with some of the girls.

“So when they heard we were trying to fundraise they decided to help out.

“They’ve been holding raffles and had a bucket at the checkout, I believe a car boot sale was also held too, which is lovely and a massive help towards our target.”

So far £3,255 has been raised online and a further £280 has been handed into the Gazette’s Beach Road office.

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/Jacksmith or call the Gazette on 0191 501 7447.