Jerry’s legacy lives on
PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 May 2012
An Exmouth fund raiser in memory of a ‘selfless’ teenager who lost his battle with cancer raised hunderds of of pounds to help sick youngsters.
The legacy of a teenage boy who lost his battle with cancer continues to thrive thanks to the dedication of his Exmouth grandmother, her family and friends.
Jean Gray, 70, of Hartopp Road, turned fairy grandmother when her teenage cancer-stricken grandson Jerry, from Lancashire, asked for £500 for his ward at Manchester Children’s Hospital.
A fortnight before Jerry died in hospital, surrounded by his family, Jean – who had been quietly fundraising in a race against time to raise the cash - handed him a cheque for £1,332 to present to the ward.
Last week a fundraising night of music held at Exmouth’s GWRSA Railway Club raised £620 in the youngster’s name for the Children’s Hospice South West.
Grandma Jeannie said her ‘selfless’ grandson would be delighted to know he was continuing to help others.
“He would have liked it,” she said. “He was totally selfless and always thinking of others.
“It’s been very hard since he died. I still can’t believe it.”
Jean thanked the railway club committee and friend Linda Davis for organising the event.
She also praised the band Exeter Tornadoes for donating their fee for the evening to the Little Bridge House hospice.