Funding boost for charity set up in memory of brave Jack

Verity Proctor with son Jack
Verity Proctor with son Jack

A mum determined to set up a retreat for sick children has been given a funding boost.

Verity Proctor’s two-year-old son Jack died suddenly last year after a fight with a mystery illness.

And Verity - who grew up in Market Rasen and moved to Boston to train as a nurse aged 19 - has set up J.A.C.K.S (Jack About Carers Kids Support) charity to raise money for a Lincolnshire retreat for sick children and their carers.

People around Market Rasen have joined in the fundraising.

And now Verity’s friends and relatives from elsewhere in Britain have raised £1,195.

A car boot sale in Cambridgeshire raised £135.

And in Newmarket, a garden party that turned into a secret wedding raised £1,060.

There was a donation tree at the party, lots of pictures of Jack and information about Verity’s plans for a retreat.

Jack’s grandmother Vanessa, who lives in Market Rasen’s Coronation Road, is thrilled that so many people have got behind the fundraising drive.

Vanessa, who is also known as Ned, said: “A big big thank you to everyone who is raising money for J.A.C.K.S.”

Brave Jack Huskisson saw 27 specialists from all fields of medicine but no-one could work out what was making him ill.

His mystery condition left him with an enlarged liver and spleen, a hole in the wall that separated the right and left ventricles of his heart, visual problems, development delays, abnormally low muscle tone and no reflexes.

The toddler had to have daily injections and antibiotics to support his bone marrow and physiotherapy four times a day.