Memorial event for Jack

David Brayshaw is running the London marathon for Martin House children's hospice because his son Jack, 6, has a life-limiting illness.
David Brayshaw is running the London marathon for Martin House children's hospice because his son Jack, 6, has a life-limiting illness.

A Castleford couple are keeping the memory of their son alive with a special family event at Whitwood Golf Club on Saturday.

David and Anita Brayshaw have organised the Jack Brayshaw Memorial Golf and Family Fun Day, which will take place on Saturday June 1, to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice in Wetherby.

Jack died last May of an infection, aged seven, after suffering from a range of illnesses from birth, including being registered blind, suffering from epilepsy and being unable to walk and talk.

David, 42, of Holywell Avenue, said: “It’s been a tough year, but organising this has helped take our minds off it.

“Jack touched so many lives, when people came to see him, he lit the room up.

“It’s just a way of keeping his memory alive, to remind people of what we had, and to raise awareness of Martin House Hospice as well, as it helps lots of children in this area.”

The fun day starts at 1pm and attractions include displays from majorettes and martial arts groups, a golf drive and a golf world trick champion will be performing.

There is also a tombola, bouncy castle, silent auction, raffle and a race night and evening auction, with the event finishing at 11pm.

David added: “We’ve been given nearly 100 items to auction off. We’ve been organising it since last October and it’s just coming together.

“It’s taken a lot of work, but there’s been a great reaction from people in the local community. We’re hoping to make it an annual event.”

Jack attended Martin House Hospice for respite care, and David said: “Martin House were wonderful, they have been wonderful since Jack’s death, they have a bereavement team and we still go there regularly to see staff, and we want to carry on supporting it.”

Pontefract teenager Jessica Vause, 15, will also shave her head at the event to help raise cash for the hospice.

Her mother, Ruth, who used to work with Jack’s mum Anita, said Jessica wanted to shave her head for charity.

She said: “I suggested she should raise the money for Jack. We’ve raised quite a bit in sponsorship from work, as lots of the people there used to work with Anita.

“Jessica’s hair is quite long, and I think I’m more nervous than she is, she’s not fazed by it . I’m really proud of her for doing it.”