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(L-R) Laura Ryan, play team leader, with Jack Wallace and Michelle Bannister, paediatric oncology clinical nurse specialist.

Former oncology patient Jack Wallace visited the hospital on Friday 8 February to donate money he raised to support our children’s cancer unit.

Staff working at Jack’s mum’s business, The Rodwell Engineering Company based in Basildon, raised money by wearing Christmas jumpers on Christmas jumper day last year.

Jack, 16, has been working at the company part-time since he left school and asked if the money raised could go to the cancer unit where he had his treatment.

The firm raised £400 in total which was shared between two charities, Little Havens Hospice and Basildon Hospital.

Jack was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in November 2009 he finished treatment in 2013 and has always been passionate about raising money for the cancer unit.

Jack said:

“Any bit of money that can go to the oncology unit is a bonus. I feel like I am giving back after they’ve given to me. The money isn’t much but it’s still something, and that makes me happy.”

Laura Ryan, play team leader in paediatrics said:

“It’s great to see Jack again it’s been a long time. To see him grown up and raising money for the department following what he’s been through is lovely.  His treatment here was a massive part of his life and it took over his whole family. His decision to choose to raise money for new equipment for the children and our kitchen area is just overwhelming.”

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