May the Force be with him: Star Wars and superheroes fundraiser for ill boy

Atypical Haemolytic Syndrome sufferer Jack Wilkinson aged 4. Mother Keren Burdett and father Martin Wilkinson

Atypical Haemolytic Syndrome sufferer Jack Wilkinson aged 4. Mother Keren Burdett and father Martin Wilkinson

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A SPECIAL family fun day is set to be held in honour of a brave Wearside youngster.

Bosses at Ashfield Nursery, in South Shields, have organised a fundraising event for pupil Jack Wilkinson, who has spent time in hospital battling a rare disease.

The four-year-old, who lives with parents Martin Wilkinson and Keren Burdett in Sidney Street, Boldon Colliery, has been diagnosed with atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome (AHUS) – a genetic condition which causes uncontrolled activation of the body’s immune system – and is a one-in-a-million condition in under-fives.

After being admitted to hospital when he took ill in June, he spent a month on a ward before being let out to attend his graduation from the Stanhope Road nursery.

Jack has now moved on to West Boldon Primary School, but nursery staff wanted to do something for him and are holding a Star Wars-themed fun day on Sunday.

The event, which kicks off at 11am, will raise funds for charity AHUS UK, a support group for patients with Jack’s condition and their families.

Nursery manager, Karen Mattocks-Powell said: “Myself and the other staff have looked after Jack since he first started at nursery, so when he came down with this illness, it was quite hard for us too.

“The condition isn’t very well-known, so we wanted to do something to help Jack and others with his condition. Jack has been a part of our lives for three years, and he’s close to our hearts.”

Entry to the fun day is £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children. Family tickets are available, but people can also pay on the 
door.