Boy’s charity challenge to make memories with grandad

A seven-year-old boy is walking, cycling and scooting the distance from his grandad’s house in Norwich to York Train Museum to raise money for the hospital department where his grandad is being treated for terminal cancer.

Jacob Gravestock, from Dereham, began the challenge on June 19 and aims to complete the 188 miles in 70 days.

He said: “My wonderful grandad Colin Clarke was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer just before lockdown in March. He has been very brave and strong and loves me lots.

“I want to raise money for Weybourne Day Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital because they give my grandad his palliative chemotherapy to help keep him with us for longer so we can make more memories. 

“I am going to walk, cycle and scoot the distance from grandad’s house to York Train Museum because it is a place that grandad and I love visiting together. If you would like to sponsor me that would be incredible.”

Jacob Gravestock with grandad Colin Clarke

So far, the youngster has already raised almost £900 and the family is using Virtual Mission to record his progress. 

Mum Danielle said: “You can see on the link how many miles he is averaging a day but I would say between three and four miles a day. 

“We are so proud of him and his determination to complete his mission. We have all been very touched by the incredible donations and words of encouragement that Jacob has received for this fundraising challenge.

“Every kind word and donation given, gives Jacob a real boost to get out and do more miles.”

You can donate to Jacob’s fundraising page here:

Lynn Crombie, from the N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “What an amazing little boy Jacob is and we thank him so much for doing such a remarkable challenge for our charity and in particular, our team on the Weybourne Unit.

“We hope Jacob makes so many more special memories with his grandad.”

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Tuesday 7th of July 2020 08:53:45 AM