South Yorkshire takes centre stage in memorial relay race for dad

Jack Wilson and his Dad Daniel who died from a brain tumour
Jack Wilson and his Dad Daniel who died from a brain tumour
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A DISABLED South Yorkshire youngster who lost his dad to brain cancer will play a star part in a replica Olympic torch relay.

Jack Wilson, aged eight, from Barnsley, will run the first leg of a relay which will end at the top of the spiral staircase inside the Barnsley Town Hall clock tower.

He will be carrying the 2012 Olympic torch belonging to Leeds dad Ian Meek, aged 42, who sadly lost his battle against a brain tumour earlier this month.

The relay leg will be repeated 99 times by various torch bearers, including staff and students from Barnsley University, brain tumour victims and their families, finishing with Jack’s mum Suzanne.

The event has been organised by University Campus Barnsley’s Music and Radio Society’s Radio team - MARS.radio - in collaboration with Barnsley Council.

They are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity Brain Tumour Research and Support in Yorkshire.

Jack’s dad Daniel, aged 36, died a year ago following a lengthy and traumatic battle with brain cancer.

The relay, which is being run in his memory, will be physically challenging for Jack, because he struggles to climb stairs and has to take medication to control chronic pain.

He suffers from severe joint hypermobility syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Jack, of Limes Way, Gawber, said: “I really want to do this for my daddy. I miss him and wish I could see him again. If I do this he will be proud of me because it might stop somebody else’s daddy from dying.”

Ian Meek lived with a benign brain tumour for over 18 years was an ardent supporter of Brain Tumour Research and Support in Yorkshire.

His dying wish was for his Olympic torch to be used for future fundraising efforts for the charity.
The event is on Saturday, August 20.

n See www.justgiving.com/MARS-Radio1 to donate.