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JACKS BALL 2024 A CELEBRATION OF 10 YEARS OF FUNDRAISING FOR LOCAL YOUTH AND NATIONAL AWARENESS

A memorial fund set up to commemorate the life and aspirations of a nine year old boy who died in 2014 is celebrating 10 years of helping local children. Jack
Dulson’s young life was tragically ended by pericarditis caused by a bacterial infection, but the fund set up by his parents, family and friends continues to
bring support, education and activities to thousands of children and young adults.
The Jack Dulson Memorial Fund has raised more than £180,000. The 4th JacksBALL will be held this month aiming to tip the total over £200,000.
JacksBall 2024 takes on a fresh perspective this year with many of his old school friends reuniting to attend in person to celebrate their friend and
continue the fundraising legacy.
As they hit the 10 year milestone of both Jack’s death and the launch of the Fund, Jack’s Dad, Gary Dulson, repeats the reason that he, his family and
friends continue to run the charity, “To put smiles on the faces of young people and to raise awareness of the bacterial infection Staphylococcus aureus and
Pericarditis and provide others with much-needed information and support.” These aims are appreciated by many in the local area.
The fund is open to individuals and small organisations to apply for grants in pursuing recreational and leisure activities, improving conditions for their
activities or offering opportunities. Grants this year have supported 1st Red Street Scouts, Cubs and Beavers; the Jack Dulson Hockey Academy, funding to support costs of a local boy
attending the Birmingham Royal Ballet, plus kit and sponsorships for local sports clubs including hockey, cricket, rugby and football.

Keen for as many children to benefit as possible the Charity offered grants to local schools for supplementary leisure opportunities. Five local schools
benefitted this year; Crackley Bank, Bursley Academy, Churchfields Primary, Chesterton Primary, and St Chads CE Primary School. Activities included
pantomime trips, samba drumming, wheelchair basketball, Gospel Singing and theatre workshops. As the Jack Dulson Memorial Fund passes its 10th Anniversary year it is
encouraging more local businesses to get involved by considering making Jack’s fund their annual charity.
“We want to continue to grow the opportunities for local youngsters. We’ve had great support from some local businesses. This year we are asking more
businesses to consider us as their annual charity. It is an increasingly popular move to champion a local cause so that staff and customers can see the
benefit on their doorstep. Staff can participate in fundraising activities as part of a corporate strategy of charitable support,” said Vice Chair and Trustee, Jim
Venn. Contact info@jackdulsonmemorialfund.org.uk for information or to register.
JacksBALL 2024 will be held at the bet365 Stadium on 22 June. Guidance for grant applications, supporting the charity and potentially life-saving
information about Staphylococcus aureus and Pericarditis can be found on the charity’s website: jackdulsonmemorialfund.org.uk.

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