It is not easy being a teenager whose family have been devastated by the effect that cancer has had on one of your parents. However, Jack Holding, from Shrewsbury, is a young man who has a belief in positive thinking and a desire to do something to fight the disease.
Jack is part of the Apprenticeship Academy at Greenhous and his father Neil was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in April this year and, after a period of chemotherapy, he had a bone marrow transplant. Neil had a period of remission but he is back undergoing further treatment. The condition that struck Jack’s father only served to galvanise the efforts of Jack and the family and all of his father’s colleagues at his place of work, Paveaways Ltd of Knockin, near Oswestry where he works as a Quality Assurance Manager.
In September a three day walk from Oswestry to Tywyn on the Welsh coast was undertaken by the family and friends from Paveaways to raise donations for Cure Leukaemia UK. Along with other fund-raising activities Jack revealed that approximately £21,000 had been raised for the charity.
Under the banner of ‘Heroes out for a Holding’, Cure Leukaemia UK invited Jack, his sister, Zoe, and Freddie Hastings and Shaun Morris from Paveaways to their first ever Cure Leukaemia UK Awards ceremony at Edgbaston Cricket Club. They were entered into the ‘wackiest fund raiser’ category and they won! They were presented with their award by former Wolves and England footballer, Geoff Thomas, himself a former leukaemia sufferer.
Jack explained: “There have been lots of individual efforts as well as the walk. Dad has been incredibly brave and positive in his battle with the disease and winning the award gave him a boost. I can’t believe how everyone has come together.
It was a difficult time at the start but it is amazing what we have all achieved. It has been so good to have something positive to focus on through Dad’s illness.”
At the weekend just gone, a raffle at Paveaways Christmas Party raised an additional £2,000 bring the running total to £23,000! If you would like to donate to Jack and the team, please visit:
In a bid to push to raise a last few pounds of support for Cure Leukaemia, Jack and Julie Barnett, a Greenhous Credit Controller, enlisted support from their colleagues in a colourful event.
As Jack explains: “I asked the staff to wear a red or white item of clothing that can clearly be seen for a minimum donation £1. If they wished to wear full non-uniform the minimum donation would be £5. I put up some posters explaining what we are fundraising for so the customers would also be aware on the day.
“This fundraiser is in support of my Dad, and also many other men, women and children who are currently fighting Leukaemia. Julie and I have worked on several activities to raise funds for charities this year and we really appreciate the staff support.”
Staff at Greenhous VW Van Centre were seen to be scoffing sausage and bacon baps for a pound each. Meanwhile at Featherbed Lane the staff from Volvo, Renault and Nissan contributed to the fund some dressed in fetching cure leukaemia t-shirts and others in their own clothes.
Everyone at Cure Leukaemia would like to thank Jack and the team for their continued support and wish Neil the very best in his ongoing treatment.