Cleethorpes to Grimsby walk to raise funds for ward
A young fundraiser will be taking part in a midnight walk from Cleethorpes Pier to Grimsby hospital to raise money for a children’s ward.
Since birth, 10-year-old Jax Batty has suffered a chronic bowel condition which has led him to having numerous hospital admissions and operations. He received an Antegrade Continence Enema (ACE) stoma in 2020. In November 2022, his condition meant he had to progress from his ACE procedure to having a further procedure to create an ileostomy*.
Since 2021, Jax has raised £20,000 for charity, as well as donating toys and presents for patients at Grimsby hospital’s B3 and Rainforest wards.
The Grimsby youngster will be joined by his teammates from under-11s football team Sporting Club Athletic, and friends and family, on Friday 20 October for the walk. Around 40 people are taking part on the night. Vicki Quinn, Assistant General Manager for Surgery and Critical Care, will also be joining them on the night.
Money raised from the event will go towards purchasing toys and equipment to benefit children on the Rainforest Ward.
His mum, Melanie, said: “Every year, Jax has raised funds for a Christmas appeal for toys. We’ve already raised more than £1,700. We didn’t think it’d blow up like it has!
“There are a few ideas for what the ward could purchase, such as games consoles. We’re going to give them a cheque so they can spend it on what they think is best.
“Jax has spent time on the ward, so this is a great way of saying thank you. I imagine it’ll be very cold on the night and it’ll take us a few hours, but we’re all determined to do it.”
Jax has previously raised money for the Buttony Bears charity. It gifts special bears to children having surgery to create a stoma. Each one comes with its own stoma bag.
Football club manager, Gary Handy, said: “Jax has been on the team for two-and-a-half years now. We’ve previously been involved in helping him raise funds. I didn’t even know what a stoma was before I met him.
“We were thinking what we could do that was a bit different, so we settled on the midnight walk. We’ve had a couple of really generous donations, so I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s contributed.”