Grand Appeal Ambassador
Meet Paula Banks, a truly remarkable Mum and one of The Grand Appeal’s Ambassadors.
In 2008, at just nine years’ old, Paula’s son Jack sadly passed away after a courageous five-year battle with Leukaemia.
Together with her friends, family and colleagues, Paula has created an astounding legacy in Jack’s name, for the children’s cancer ward at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Paula and her family set up the Jack Banks Star Tribute Fund with The Grand Appeal. Initially they set a target of £5,000, but thanks to her natural ability to motivate and inspire, they have raised over £200,000 to date in Jack’s memory. Not only has Paula organised and taken part in numerous events, raising both money and awareness of the cause, she has also been a fantastic volunteer for the charity.
Jack’s legacy is everywhere you look on the children’s cancer ward; fundraising in his memory has created the new modern playroom and integrated conservatory, refurbished the kitchen and upgraded the isolation rooms for bone marrow transplant patients. It has also created a very special and important helping hand for children going through difficult treatments in their cancer fight: Captain Jack’s Treasure Chests. These treasure chests are filled to the brim with toys, so children undergoing scary and unpleasant treatments can choose a special treat.
Jack Banks Star Tribute Fund
Learn how one incredible young man inspired a whole host of fundraising