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Generous Jack, 16, makes a grand gesture to charity

Although his plans for the trip of a lifetime to Kenya were ruined by Covid, a Walpole teenager has made sure that the money he raised for the venture is still going to a good cause.

In a kind-hearted gesture, 16-year-old Jack Jarman has give the £1,000 to West Norfolk Community First Responders' appeal for funds to replace their team car.

Jack had raised enough money to join Camp International's trip to help under-privileged communities in Kenya when the pandemic struck and his plans were cancelled.

Jack Jarman potting up seeds for his plant sales
Jack Jarman potting up seeds for his plant sales

“Obviously he was very disappointed,” said his foster mum, Alison Townsend. “We talked about what to do with the money and saw on Facebook and in the Lynn News that the local First Responders were raising funds for a replacement vehicle.

“We gave £100 initially but after talking more Jack decided he would like to give them all of his money.

“We are returning some large donations he received but there is still £1,000 which he raised by baking and selling cakes, growing and selling plants and other fundraising.

“He says it makes him feel really proud to do this.”

She added that he had not totally missed out on a holiday because he managed to get a few days away in the UK.

Jack is one of three foster children living with Alison and Ian Townsend, at Walpole St Andrew.

First Responder, Janet Luck, said: "We've been extremely grateful for the generous donations so far, particularly given the difficult times people have faced during the pandemic.

"When the Townsend family donated £100 through our Just Giving page with the comment '£1 from Tam, £5 from Jak, £5 from Mark, £5 from Ethan, plus some from us too. Thank you for your work to keep out community safe', we were overwhelmed.

"Then to get a text from Alison a couple of weeks ago saying that one their kids had 'raised heaps of money to go to Kenya which was cancelled due to covid and he would like to donate £1000 of his money to the First Responders car fund raising, would that be OK? I was speechless and felt quite emotional.

"What a very special family the Townsends are. This wonderful donation has helped our fundraising efforts to reach a total of £1290 to date - a huge step closer to our £6000 target. Thank you again from all of the First Responders to the Townsend family and all those who have donated so far."

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