Fundraising page for Sheffield toddler reaches halfway target in a week

A fundraising page for a terminally ill Sheffield toddler has already broken halfway through its target after launching last week.

Three-year-old Jack, from Loxley, has been diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumour called a Diffuse Pontine Glioma and has been given up to a year to live.

The GoFundMe page, ‘Last Wishes for our Beautiful 3 Year old Boy’ set up by parents Wesley Lacey, 28 and Rebecca Oldham, 29,  has raised £16,153 of its £30,000 goal since it began on 3 March.

Three-year-old Jack with his parents, Rebecca Oldham and Wesley Lacey

Mr Lacey said the aim of raising money is so Jack can enjoy day trips, holidays, meals out, his first trip to the cinema and a new dog.

Businesses and members of the community alike have joined together to donate a significant proportion of the funding.

The Old Horns Inn in High Bradfield, where Mr Lacey was previously employed, has been amongst those proactive in raising both money and awareness.

Last weekend, they held a bake sale and static bike marathon, as Jack loves cycling, on the premise for customers and staff to get involved.

Cassie Wykes, the landlady of the pub said that having a son of the same age as Jack had helped to drive home the impact of the diagnosis his parents face.

She said: “It really touched a nerve with me when I heard the news, it is so totally heart breaking and just unimaginable as to how a family can go through this.

“I just wanted to do something to help the family achieve their goal so they can spend as much time as possible with Jack, doing all the things that they wish to do together as a family, in the time they have together.”

She added: “We have so far raised over £1,800 and we would love to make it to £2,000.”

The pub plans to continue the bake sale this week, and to hold an Easter raffle in the pub.

The boy’s father Mr Lacey said: “If we have to accept this crazy, monstrous news, if we have to gulp down our insane amount of tears, anger, heartbreak, grief, then we need to make sure that this bright, intelligent young boy gets the send-off that he deserves.”