Jack, the son of founders Andrew and Sam, fell ill in April 2016. After a night in local hospital, and many tests, he was transferred to the RVI, Newcastle where he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia just two days later (ALL).

Whilst at the RVI, the family met amazing people from all walks of life. Kids that inspire others despite really poor health, parents with drive and determination despite being exhausted beyond belief, and medical staff at the absolute peak of their profession.

Critical to the journey not becoming a downward spiral was Kirsten, a CLIC Sargent Social Worker, whose amazing work took a weight off Andrew & Sam’s shoulders. By putting Jack’s parents in touch with many local and national charities, the financial pressures were alleviated, meaning effort could be focused on getting Jack better.

It was this that inspired Andrew, his brother Matthew and 4 others, to raise funds for CLIC Sargent, by cycling the width of the country following the route Jack took in the days leading to his diagnosis, and so the first “Jack’s Journey” event was born.


The support and huge amount of money raised further inspired Jack’s parents to register Jack’s Journey with the Charity Commission, to provide the same support they had received. If you would like to get involved in fundraising to support other children like Jack and their families, we would like to encourage you to embark on your own fundraising activities. Please get in touch, we are excited to hear about what challenge or event you might like to hold next!

Financial Support

Jack’s Journey pledges to provide financial support of a fixed amount to two Cumbrian families each month.  On average childhood cancer costs an additional £600 every single month of treatment. For some families, like Jack’s who have already lost one persons income, this is a huge worry, at a time when there are so many other things to worry about, and this is why Jack’s Journey wants to help!

Holiday Accommodation

Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of supporters, in July 2018 we were in the fortunate position to be able to buy a holiday home outright, and to be able to allow families to enjoy a short time of respite in the lakes.

Located at Lowther Holiday Park, the Holiday Home is well connected to the Lake District and the North-East via the M6 or A66, and the many visitors attractions they have to offer. But we’ve tried to include everything in the Holiday Home that you would need to enjoy a short break without leaving the site. From board games, outdoor activies and many, many movies, we hope that there is something for everyone, no matter their age of state of health.

Purchasing the Holiday Home isn’t the end of Journey, of course we’ll have to maintain the high standard of decor and finish, and continue to improve the experience by offering days out at paid attractions included in the stay.