Tots rally round for brave Jack

Brave boy Jack McIntyre, 3, who underwent major open heart surgery
Brave boy Jack McIntyre, 3, who underwent major open heart surgery

The classmates of a little boy who underwent major open heart surgery dressed in red as part of a national charity campaign.

Brave three-year-old Jack McIntyre was six weeks old when medics discovered a hole in his heart.

Children at Tot Spot Day Nursery, Dean Clough, Halifax wear red for heart charity. Left, Evie Lockley, Jacob Wells, Jack McIntyre and Thomas Nield

Children at Tot Spot Day Nursery, Dean Clough, Halifax wear red for heart charity. Left, Evie Lockley, Jacob Wells, Jack McIntyre and Thomas Nield

Last summer, aged just two, Jack was on the intensive care unit at Leeds General Infirmary after undergoing major heart surgery.

Parents Hannah Ward, 32, and Andy McIntyre, 43, of Halifax Road, Halifax, say they were out of their minds with worry when their little boy was in hospital.

But “tough cookie” Jack is made of strong stuff and didn’t let his poorly heart stop him, says mum Hannah.

“Before he was one he had already had two operations for a cleft lip and palate. The third operation was much more nerve-wracking because it was so serious.

“But the hospital made his stay as comfortable as possible - we couldn’t thank them enough,” said Hannah.

A letter was sent to children’s parents and on national Wear Red Day, youngsters at Tot Spot Day Nursery, Dean Clough, Halifax, took part in the sponsored dress event to raise money for Leeds’ Children’s Heart Surgery Fund - which supported Hannah and Andy with accommodation when Jack was in hospital.

“We think it’s really important that other parents know about Jack - it can happen to anyone. If more people discuss matters like this, people will have a better understanding,” she said.

Hannah’s colleagues at nearby Parabis Limited also wore red and donated to the charity. “We’re so proud of Jack, he’s our little tough cookie,” she said.