THE sister of a boy born with cerebral palsy who died, aged nine, is to climb Mount Snowdon in his memory.
Hannah Shears and a group of friends want to raise £1,000 for Colchester General Hospital’s children’s ward, where brother Jack received treatment.
Jack, of Clacton, was born with quad cerebral palsy.
It affected his whole body and left him unable to walk or talk.
In the two years before he died in January, Jack suffered a series of complications and was a frequent visitor to the children’s ward.
On Saturday, April 26, Hannah will join a group of eight friends to travel to Wales and climb its highest peak for the Colchester Hospitals Charity.
Hannah, 20, said: “Jack’s sunny and cheeky personality, combined with his huge smile and blue eyes, easily won over anyone who came into contact with him.
“He was a frequent visitor to the children’s ward.
“The staff always treated Jack with love, care and compassion “Despite Jack’s inability to talk, he found a way to let them know how he was feeling and all the staff took time to listen to Jack.”
So far, the friends have raised £790 for toys for children who are bedridden and can only use sensory toys.
Hannah added: “Due to Jack’s cerebral palsy, he couldn’t always play with the toys that regular kiddies could, so would use the sensory room or sensory toys on his bed.
“He also loved the ‘messy’ play the play specialists would bring to his bedside.
“A regular child could access pretty much all of the toys and facilities on the ward, but Jack’s needs meant he was limited in choice.”
To support Hannah and the team, visit justgiving.com/ JacksJourney2014