Friday 12th May 2017
College student’s fundraising success celebrated by Prime Minister Theresa May
A John Leggott College student is celebrating raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity, and a personal letter from Prime Minister Theresa May, by planning his next venture to scale Ben Nevis!
Jack Marshall, who studies Business Studies BTEC and GCSE Use of Maths at John Leggott College, was born with Moebius Syndrome, an extremely rare congenital neurological disorder. Despite his condition, Jack has successfully raised money for various charities through a series of personal challenges, including extreme activities from skydiving to climbing Mount Snowdon with the cast of Emmerdale! He is also the national Social Inclusion Ambassador for the National Citizen Service, encouraging young people across the country to take part.
Jack has now been issued a ‘Point of Light’ award, where Prime Minister Theresa May recognises an inspirational volunteer who is making a change in their community. He received a personal letter from Mrs May, congratulating him on his achievements so far.
“Through these efforts and your work with the National Citizen Service you have inspired others,” said Mrs May, “you should be enormously proud of your achievements.”
Now training intensively in preparation for climbing Ben Nevis in aid of blood cancer charity, Bloodwise, Jack said “I get a real sense of achievement when I’m completing a challenge. It really motivates me helping lots of people, and gaining recognition for the charities I fundraise for. It’s my ultimate aim to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and I’ll keep going until I achieve my goal.”
Jack’s mother Linda is justifiably proud of her son’s efforts, combining his charity work with his studies at John Leggott College.
“I feel an immense sense of satisfaction and pride with each fundraising effort. His efforts all add up and fund the advancements needed in medical and living conditions for people all over the world. As a family we have always accompanied, encouraged, supported and helped Jack. I have cried at the end of his events to see him exhausted and in so much pain, but it’s what he is passionate about and I would never stand in his way.”
Linda credits staff at John Leggott College with supporting Jack, ensuring he keeps on top of assignments and revision and actively following his achievements in the media.
“We have an excellent relationship with the college, so we know that we can continue to support Jack, and in ensuring his workload is up to date the college knows we are as committed to his education as to his charity work.”
Jack is keen to break down barriers and is always on the lookout for new challenges – his plans to climb Ben Nevis are the next step in his personal mission to raise much-needed funds and support a host of deserving charities.
“You only live once,” says Jack “I encourage everybody to follow their dreams. I’m not disabled, I am unique. Whatever your ability, don’t be defined by it – you can achieve anything you want to achieve. No dream is too big.”
Follow Jack’s amazing story and pledge your support through his JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/Linda-Marshall10?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Linda-Marshall10&utm_campaign=pfp-email