The pounds roll in in memory of Jack

Charity Auction and Pig Racing night for children's heart surgery atn Belgrave Social Club, Claremount, Halifax'Pictured are actions from the pig racing
Charity Auction and Pig Racing night for children's heart surgery atn Belgrave Social Club, Claremount, Halifax'Pictured are actions from the pig racing

MORE than £1,000 was raised at a charity evening in memory of tragic tot Jack Barraclough.

Family of the little boy, who died aged 16 months after an operation to mend a hole in his heart, held the event at Belgrave Social Club in Claremount Road, Halifax, in aid of the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

The cash takes their fund-raising total to more than £2,000. The rest was raised at a summer fair in July.

Jack’s aunt Cheryl Clarke, 35, said: “We’re very excited at what we’ve managed to achieve – it was really worth it.

“It’s really amazing and it’s quite humbling really, the whole experience of realising just how kind people can actually be. It’s lovely.”

The latest event included a pig race and supper followed by an auction.

Items under the hammer included signed shirts from Halifax RLFC, Huddersfield Giants and QPR, balls from Huddersfield Town and Warrington Wolves, a team photo signed by Liverpool FC and tickets to a Bradford Bulls match.

A garden patio circle from Marshalls, a car valet, a clay pigeon-shooting day, and vouchers for Paradise II tattoo parlour, Venus and Elixir nail salons, Harveys and Tesco shops also went to the highest bidders.

Cheryl thanked everyone who supported the event or donated goods. The proceeds will help fund equipment, resources and research for treating children with heart defects at Leeds General Infirmary.

Little Jack died there on New Year’s Eve in his mum Helen’s arms. His family have been campaigning to save the children’s heart unit, which is under threat of closure from Government plans to cut the number of specialist centres across the UK.