A PLUCKY 10-year-old who raises money for a children’s wish charity is one of the final entries for Essex Police’s Young People of the Year.
Jack Smith is one of the youngest ever entrants in the five-year history of the competition which reveals, recognises and rewards young heroes who give to others.
Since he was born, many thousands of pounds have been raised in his name and if Jack is not doing something directly he goes along to an event and tells people what the money is being raised for.
Now the youngsters is in with a chance of winning a cash prize from a prize pot of £2,300 put up by Essex Police and the other sponsors including Runwood Homes for the Elderly.
Jack, of Abbots Drive, Stanford-le-Hope, was nominated by Trina Jeewoonarian, a civilian worker with Essex Police, who is a colleague of Jack’s dad, Steve, himself an officer. Both are based at police headquarters in Chelmsford.
When he was born Jack was diagnosed with two life-threatening conditions affecting his throat and lungs which means that he was unable to swallow or breathe properly. At just a few hours old he was rushed to London’s famous Great Ormond Street Hospital for emergency surgery.
Steve, wife Lisa and Jack’s big sister, 22-year-old Kayleigh, were so indebted to the hospital that they organised a charity abseil at Lakeside shopping centre that raised £17,000.