Air Engineers from HMS Sultan and RNAS Culdrose came together to show their support for Matt and his family by having their heads shaved for CLIC Sargent. A cake and coffee morning also raised funds for the charity.
In addition, Jack’s sister, Ella, a Year 6 pupil from The Grange Junior School wanted to support her brother, and organised an awareness assembly with the help of her friends and teacher. Ella and her school also organised a cake sale which raised a fantastic £500!
In total, thanks to the Newman family, £2,850 has been raised for CLIC Sargent.
Jack found out about his condition by chance, after seeking medical advice from his GP for a shoulder injury which had been picked up during a game of five-a-side football.
The youngster was immediately put under the care of top specialists at the University Hospital Southampton. This has been a particularly challenging time not only for Jack, but for all of his family. Chemotherapy sessions have meant that Jack has had to drop out of his college studies and has lost some of his hair.
As well as pastoral support at work, Jack and his family are being supported by CLIC Sargent. Matt said:
“Thanks to an early prognosis Jack’s chances of making a full recovery are very good, but the help we’ve received from charities such as CLIC Sargent has been invaluable."
"When we found out about Jack’s illness, he was very concerned about losing his hair and I promised him that if he was going to lose it then I would too.
"It’s great to have the support of those who work around me. I am delighted that recently Jack has had a positive result from his PET scan meaning the treatment is working.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager Liz Blunt said: “We are so grateful to the Newman family for their support at this time. It has been a real pleasure to meet such a positive and enthusiastic family, and I hope Jack’s treatment continues to go well.
"In 2016/17, CLIC Sargent supported 7,200 young cancer patients and their families. It’s thanks to supporters like Matt and his family that we can do the work we do, to fight tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, as we don’t receive any government funding.”
To make a donation towards Matt’s fundraising challenge please visit his official JustGiving page.