Talent show takes to �11,000 cash raised in memory of Wisbech student who died from leukaemia

A TALENT show has helped to swell the funds raised to more than �11,000 in memory of a Wisbech student who died from leukaemia.

In the 11 months since 16-year-old Jack Thulborn died Wisbech Grammar School students raised money for the Ward C10 Comfort Fund at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where Jack was being treated, and the Teenage Cancer trust.

A ‘WGS has got talent’ evening last Thursday raised more than �1,400. The audience of 120 parents and friends enjoyed champagne and canap�s and a home-made cake buffet.

The people’s vote went to the trio of singers, Jasmine Lemon ,9, Eleanor Sloan ,9, and Faye Thompsett ,10, all from class J5M, who performed ‘My favourite things’ from ‘The Sound of Music’, and the judges’ choice was Madelaine Corney ,15, who sang Nancy’s song, ‘As long as he needs me’, from ‘Oliver!’.

Fund-raising has included a harvest fair and carol service and assembly collections, and the cash was boosted by donations which were given instead of presents at the 17th birthday party of Jack’s friend, Madeleine Boulton, 17.

A 53-mile sponsored bicycle ride to Addenbrooke’s Hospital netted nearly �4,500 and four students boys who competed in the ‘Tough guy’ challenge in Staffordshire in January added more than �2,000.Sixth former, Chloe Garner,16, made �1,000 with a sponsored parachute jump.

Charities coordinator Miss Jan Wildman said: “Overall, we have had a really long period of fund raising, which shows the depth of feeling for Jack, and it also shows the family nature of the school.”

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