Fundraiser set up to remember popular Gretton teenager

The poster for the event.
The poster for the event.

A memorial fundraiser has been set up to mark what would have been the 16th birthday of a Gretton boy who died last year.

Jack Thompson, a pupil at Uppingham Community College, suffered a cardiac arrest at his home aged just 14 and later died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Now Jumping Jack’s Birthday Bash has been set up to remember him, celebrate his life and raise money for the hospital and charities that helped him and his family – Addenbrooke’s PICU, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 7, at Gretton Village Hall.

Starting at 2pm this will be a family-friendly event welcoming people of all ages, with highlights including a scooter display team, a live graffiti wall, tank rides, face painting, mini bouncy castles plus refreshments including afternoon tea, a hog roast and a licensed bar.

In the evening from 7pm – where entrance will cost £5 per person – there will be live music from a whole host of bands including The Top Banana Band with their high energy soul, blues and rock, Bonnie Diamond & Coe, playing pop, standards and country music, and the rockabilly sounds of El Camino.

There will also be an auction of prizes featuring a rugby ball signed by the Northampton Saints team, £30 of vouchers for The Race Club UK and much more.

Lisa Thipthorp, who is one of the organisers and also plays trumpet in the Top Banana Band, said: “We decided that we’d like to do something to remember this very special Gretton lad who sadly died suddenly last year.

“We have been overwhelmed by the hugely positive response we have received to this event so far, and would ask that if anyone could help on the day or donate some prizes to please get in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

“Please also come along and have a fun day here in Gretton raising money for some great causes.

“Thank you in advance for your support.”

Three of Jack’s friends are also running 50 miles from Addenbrooke’s to Corby on what would have been Jack’s birthday.

Their Facebook page is www.facebook.com/RunforJack.