Barnsley family raises money for hospital in memory of two-year-old son

Jack Linford with his older brother Alex.
Jack Linford with his older brother Alex.
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Heartbroken parents from Barnsley grieving for their two-year-old son have donated £1,500 to the hospital where the youngster was treated.

Laura and Simon Linford, from Gawber, lost their son Jack in September and have organised a number of fundraising events in his memory.

The youngster suffered from a rare genetic condition which prevents the body from converting certain fats to energy, particularly during periods without food.

Jack’s five-year-old brother Alex also suffers from the condition, known as VLCAD.

Money raised has been donated to the children’s ward at Barnsley Hospital for use in a sensory room.

It has bought specialist sensory equipment including fibre optic lights and UV light equipment.

Jack’s mum, Laura, said: “To begin with our friends and family got together and set up a Facebook to help raise money for funeral costs.

“The response we got from the local community and beyond has been absolutely fantastic and we now want to use the money to give back to local causes. We are glad we have been able give something back to the children’s ward and are really pleased with how the sensory room looks now.

“I have now taken over the Facebook page and have set up a Just Giving page to keep fundraising in Jack’s memory. I also want to raise awareness of VLCAD and I am petitioning to get testing for the condition on new born screening.”

Stephen Wragg, Chairman at Barnsley Hospital, said: “The sensory room looks fantastic with the new equipment and it will make a real difference to our young patients.”