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Jack is part of an award winning team for Cure Leukaemia.

Jack is part of an award winning team for Cure Leukaemia.
It is not easy being a teenager whose family have been devastated by the effect that cancer has had on one of your parents. However, Jack Holding, from Shrewsbury, is a young man who has a belief in positive thinking and a desire to do something to fight the disease.

Jack is part of the Apprenticeship Academy at Greenhous and his father Neil was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in April this year and, after a period of chemotherapy, he had a bone marrow transplant. Neil had a period of remission but he is back undergoing further treatment.  The condition that struck Jack’s father only served to galvanise the efforts of Jack and the family and all of his father’s colleagues at his place of work, Paveaways Ltd of Knockin, near Oswestry where he works as a Quality Assurance Manager.

In September a three day walk from Oswestry to Tywyn on the Welsh coast was undertaken by the family and friends from Paveaways to raise donations for Cure Leukaemia UK. Along with other fund-raising activities Jack revealed that approximately £21,000 has been raised for the charity.


Under the banner of ‘Heroes out for a Holding’, Cure Leukaemia UK invited Jack, his sister, Zoe, and Freddie Hastings and Shaun Morris from Paveaways to their first ever Cure Leukaemia UK Awards ceremony at Edgbaston Cricket Club.  They were entered into the ‘wackiest fund raiser’ category and they won! They were presented with their award by former Wolves and England footballer, Geoff Thomas, himself a former leukaemia sufferer.


Jack explained: “We are going to have a Paveaways Christmas Party at the Venue in Oswestry. The final total will be revealed and I have organised a ‘Red and White Day’ at my work to raise further donations with my colleague, Julie Barnett.

“There have been lots of individual efforts as well as the walk.  Dad has been incredibly brave and positive in his battle with the disease and winning the award gave him a boost.  I can’t believe how everyone has come together.  It was a difficult time at the start but it is amazing what we have all achieved.  It has been so good to have something positive to focus on through Dad’s illness.”

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