A brave teenager has been recognised for his fundraising efforts for Sheffield Children’s Hospital after overcoming a brain tumour and pledging to help others.
Jack Butt, aged 13, was one of three finalists shortlisted for the prestigious Institute of Fundraising’s Child Fundraiser of the Year Award in London.
Jack has made it his mission to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity to thank the staff who looked after him. He said: “I met a lot of angels there that saved my life.”
His proud mum Amanda said: “What he’s already achieved is amazing, and we could not be more proud of his determination and bravery after everything he has been through.”
The youngster was diagnosed with a large brain tumour in 2012 after waking up with double vision, and immediately underwent life-saving surgery.
After the 15-hour op Jack was treated in intensive care, where he had complications with his breathing and had to be ventilated.
On his own fundraising page, Jack said: “In June 2012 my life changed forever. I woke up one day with double vision totally out of the blue and just thought I was tired.
“Mum said, ‘See how you are tonight’. The next day I still had double vision so after seeing my doctor it was arranged I went to the eye clinic at Doncaster.
“After various tests they sent me for a MRI and then discovered that I had a large brain tumour that needed immediate surgery. My parents and I were devastated.”
Jack, who started fundraising the same year, has since raised a total of more than £15,000.
The budding sportsman, who loves playing football and raised £10,000 by completing a 50 length Swimathon, has also organised everything from football tournaments to bake sales and Christmas fairs.
Jack, who lives in West Stockwith near Doncaster, has pledged to continue his fundraising. Visit www.justgiving.com/Jack-Butt-Fundraising