Doncaster teenager nominated for fundraising award

Jack Butt has raised �15,000 after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour
Jack Butt has raised �15,000 after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour

An inspirational teenager who battled back from a brain tumour to raise £15,000 could scoop a national honour.

Jack Butt, aged 13, has gone the extra mile to thank Sheffield Children’s Hospital after doctors there removed his tumour in seven hours of life-saving surgery.

He has been nominated for the Institute of Fundraising’s prestigious Child Fundraiser of the Year award for his tireless work organising football tournaments, fairs and a swimathon.

The budding sportsman is one of just three finalists from across the country.

Proud mum Amanda, of Doncaster, said: “What he’s already achieved is amazing and we cannot be more proud of his determination and bravery after everything he has been through.

“Jack has turned a negative into a positive with his fundraising.

“The doctors and nurses at the hospital saved his life and helped him to become the inspiration that he is today.”

The awards will take place in July in London, and honour both charities as a whole and individuals to recognise the challenging work they do.

Jack was diagnosed with a tumour after waking up with double vision in 2012.

He then made it his mission to thank the ‘angels’ who had looked after him in intensive care and during his long recovery.

The money he has raised will boost the children hospital charity’s Make It Better appeal to revamp facility.

Director David Vernon-Edwards said: “Jack is a true inspiration to all and it is a privilege to have dedicated patients, like Jack, flying the flag for the charity.

“Not only has he inspired his peers to fundraise for the charity, he has also raised the profile of the organisation.

“We are massively proud Jack has been shortlisted as child fundraiser of the year. He is most deserving to win that title and we are behind him all the way.”