16 May 2024

Local hero raises £50,000 for Southampton Hospitals Charity

In a heartwarming display of community spirit, Jack, originally from Totton, has gone above and beyond to support his sister-in-law, Tayler, who is battling breast cancer. What began as a casual idea over drinks snowballed into an impressive fundraising effort, raising an incredible £50,000 for Southampton Hospitals Charity, specifically for Hamwic House, the dedicated oncology unit at University Hospital Southampton. 



Jack’s journey began with a spur-of-the-moment decision during festive drinks in his kitchen just before Christmas 2023, to run the Manchester Marathon, despite proclaiming that he “isn’t a natural runner”. The family had heard the news of Tayler’s diagnosis in November, and Jack wanted to do something in support of Tayler and her fight. Joined by his friend Mike, the duo tackled the gruelling race, laying the foundation for their fundraising plans. Jack completed the Marathon in just 4.41.58 and said, “Training for and running a marathon is no joke, and I can’t believe I actually did it.” 

But Jack’s efforts didn’t stop there. Alongside his close friends Paul, Tom, and Nick, he organised a charity golf day at Paulton’s Golf Club, expecting a modest turnout of 12 to 16 players. Over 80 people showed up to play, and the evening event was packed with over 200 supporters. 

“The generosity of everyone has been overwhelming,” said Jack, reflecting on the success of the event. “It’s amazing how willing everyone is to help.” 

Local businesses, including Southampton Football Club and football legend Matt Le Tissier, contributed, making the golf day a huge success. Together, they managed to raise a staggering £29,000 through sponsorships and a charity auction. 

Reflecting on the emotional journey, Jack emphasised the collective effort behind the fundraising success. “It’s not just me,” he insists, thanking every single person that donated anything from £5 to £500. 

Tayler, who was living in Hong Kong with her partner Freddie, shared her story, explaining how she discovered a small lump and then received her cancer diagnosis. Being so far from family and friends made it even harder. “As soon as I could, I booked a flight back to the UK and got referred to the Southampton General Hospital Oncology team,” she explained. She’s full of praise for the care and support she’s received from Hamwic House during her treatment. 

Reflecting on the incredible support received, Jack is enormously grateful. “It’s amazing how everyone came together,” he said. “And it’s really made me realise how many people cancer affects.” 

Looking ahead, Jack’s thinking of making the charity golf day an annual event. “It’s been such a success,” he said, “and it’s all thanks to the incredible support from everyone.” 

The Charity is incredibly grateful for Jack’s hard work and everyone who supported the family. Their generosity will make a real difference to patients and families at Hamwic House, providing much-needed support during tough times. 

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